Cubs Convention: Management panel
Sat, 19 Jan 2013|
Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Randy Bush answer questions from Cubs' fans at Cubs Convention Saturday afternoon - 1/19
My first eye opening experience certainly last year. About you know and Cubs the Cubs fan base and yanks -- Cubs nation was this convention a year ago and do you realize how many people care so deeply about the Cubs. For coming in for some people as a generational thing. Has been passed down you know from grandfather -- father to son and you know it for us and say I as a public trust and as something as the is that we're not gonna arrest and Rockets stopped working in. You know until we deliver a championship and until we delivered a team that everyone talks about you know last night. You know watching that video and every time they show those players late the late sixties you know the fans cheered. And I and that's what we want to build is that kind of core and that kind of group said. You know every time they show those players you know twenty years from now the fans here I know in Boston. Not 2014. Days or call them to 25 and that's we want to build here. Concord. New people talk about that group that we built. You know for generations to come. You know pitching as you said is something that. We've been concerned about our depth. And as soon as the off season started we made a concerted effort to. Address that at the Major League level that being said it's something that we addressed in the draft last year but there's. There's somewhat of a gap that we're trying to fill I think you guys that. If I had to pick you guys that I think we all feel pretty excited about of the nick struck as somebody who really had an outstanding season last year. In Tennessee and guys that we think has an opportunity to come up and help us. At some point as you said within the next two years but hopefully a lot sooner than that. He's a guy that I would keep. You know the Cubs away. It's really the doctrine that we're trying to house on or Miami players about. How to play game and -- and the instructors and doing Major League coaches -- gonna teach the game so if we wanna stand for something as an organization. We can't just acquire talent. Then throw the bats and balls out on the field and all these guys turn themselves in the big news is we have to decide how it is exactly do we wanna teach the game so. In the Cubs -- Manuel all of us. Which is several hundred pages long as long section about inning are hitting philosophies terminology saw her hitting coaches we use the same terms in every step of the way. In our players by the time they moved through the system understand that buy into the hitting approach. The same for pitching since -- defense -- for base running. Same for our our expectations for the players and other conduct themselves. As teammates and off the field to make the organization crowd make you guys proud of them as well so we have to go through that work. To write it down and caught fire because we want if we expect our players to know -- we need to document Foreman and all buy into it backwards and thought it was training me that's like a training manuals that. You've probably seen over the years players come up to the big -- Yeah ask yourself how how did they get here you know they don't that they don't look like they -- -- they don't they don't look at use that I -- -- down. You know they're not playing the game the way the other big leaguers -- hopefully. Because in this manually great coaches we have in the in the minor leagues that won't be on the same page when you see players come up here in the future. You'll see that and they look like they're big leaguers the other part of this organization they're ready to be Cubs actually with the calculus. Are you looking more toward. Starting pitching and that's kind of where the depth -- in the organization were position players what's kind of your thought process without. Going into specifics and really tipping your hand about what you're looking for in this year's draft. Thanks to the question. Yeah we do pick second overall hopefully it did last time we picked second overall time. Yet visited the north imbalance in the organization of their minor league system we have. We find a better position player prospects and and and relax and starting pitching prospects so. In an ideal world there be that you know can't miss college starting pitching prospect available number two overall that we all felt it was a lot to me we you know -- out on them and and moved that direction but it's it's interesting it's in the history of the draft the best best of top in the draft are our position players because of the uncertainty and attrition and injury risk with pitchers so. Those are pretty real trends over time so. We're gonna take the best player available but if they were there were you know can't in this position player and pitchers that we -- questions about we go with a position player. In -- attack the pitching with volume because of the history of the draft also shows that. Great pitching can come from all over the draft and you might hit on a guy in the fifth -- the fifteenth rounds when he fifth round. With position players most are great players come from the top two rounds actually today. Both. Both these guys are position players taken in the first couple rounds in the draft that there's an out but. You know we will not as black pitching in the draft you know if we proper position player at number two overall you can rest assured we'll do something similar to what we did last year romantically consecutive pitchers. Within that doctrine of the Cubs way -- guys addressing the young pitchers when they come in. To have them pitch to contact. Throw strikes don't fall behind. Don't walk two or three people and and approach that. Well you know that's one thing we read you never want to do especially nowadays is. You know when you have the backing of -- bullpen when a guy that's a great start your offense does a nice job throughout the game to give you leads. You know it's one thing to give up you know a solo home run to get you know. Don't blow -- savor some like -- that kind of stuff happens but you know I know what you're talking about -- it's frustrating to watch. You know ball -- the ball we lose games you know later in the eighties later in the game because -- lost. So it's addressed and we have you know right now go to the season. If you are open together in -- you know pretty good bullpen to where you know we're gonna be out there throwing strikes and and pitching to contact like you said in doing those kind of things we reach 78 guys in the bullpen now that. I'll have all done that their careers. You know Marmol throws like he did the last three months of the season. You know might be twenty -- 45 pitches but. -- get the job was hit that's all I care about one.