Chicago Cubs: Deciphering recent noise coming from a new front office

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Chicago Cubs:  What does this mean? – Being ‘deliberate in all decisions’

Here’s something that really summed up why the Cubs decided to bring in Hawkins as the new GM. (Spoiler alert: it’s because he knows how to do a lot with a little).

"“With Cleveland, we were forced to be disciplined in our processes, we were forced to be deliberate in our decisions and I think that’s something that’s applicable to any sized market. Obviously, your range of options when you have more resources is a little bit wider. But the ability to be delivering those decisions, building great processes in those decisions, should be just as good.”"

So what does that mean? We’re going to try to make good decisions, but really, it’s a crapshoot, and these are only educated guesses. I’m going to use the knowledge I gained with the Cleveland baseball club and try to add an order of magnitude.

Which is probably wise – Cleveland has pitching they developed in-house, and several position players are stars, too. They have continued to be potent while the Cubs, despite being a larger market, more financially powerful organization, have fallen by the wayside.

This is what we Cubs fans were sold in the first place, the idea of the perennially competitive team, like the stinkin’ Cardinals, or the despicable Dodgers. Always in the hunt.

And that plan has failed so far.

C’mon, admit it. You’re not okay with the one World Series appearance, or even the one win. It’s been obvious for quite some time that another wasn’t coming anytime soon. The team had too many holes developing, and they had no way to fill them.

That’s why they kept players long after their sell-by dates. The other teams knew. How could they not?

Oh, the humanity!