Epstein: 'We can't make time move faster'

Epstein: 'We can't make time move faster'
December 4, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

As Cubs fans decide whether or not to re-up their season ticket deals, team president Theo Epstein was candid about the organization's journey.

The Cubs have lost 197 games the last two years and are coming off the worst season at Wrigley Field in franchise history, picking up 50 losses in 2013.

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"The short term is frustrating, but the long term is looking good," Epstein said on SportsTalk Live Wednesday evening. "I feel really good about where we're going."

The big-league product has suffered the last two years, but Epstein's front office has built a Top 5 farm system through the draft and deals, with four guys -- Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora -- figuring to slot in among the Top 25-30 prospects in the game.

"We can't speed it up," Epstein said. "We can't make time move faster."

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Epstein discussed the need for an organization like the Cubs developing their own players through the system rather than just simply signing premier free agents each winter.

The Cubs president referenced the World Series and how the Red Sox and Cardinals built their successful teams, pointing to the organizations' big-picture approach.

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Epstein also mentioned that with the Wrigley Field renovation project garnering approvals from the city, the baseball and business sides are syncing up, giving Cubs fans even more reasons to be upbeat heading into 2014.