New Look Cubs Begin to Take Shape

Lost in the hoopla surrounding the Cubs since the end of the season was the little matter of deciding Mike Quade’s future.  Even if we, and most Cub fans knew that Mike Quade was not Major League manager material, the Cubs brass

Dale Sveum is Introduced as the 52nd Cubs Manager

needed to make that official.  Shortly after the Cubs front office was completely re energized, the no brainer decision to let Mike Quade pursue other opportunities, most likely in the minors or outside of baseball was made.  We will give Epstein some credit here with the way he handled the process of letting Quade go, very professional.  He made multiple trips to meet with Quade, and had a number of conversations with him and others in the organization to see if he would be a good fit, not based on what he had done it the past, but where he thought, and wanted this team to go in the future.  Clearly, Quade’s idea’s did mesh with the idea’s of the new regime that was now in place, and he was let go from his two year deal that had one year remaining on it.  Epstein and company didn’t have to go far to find the 52nd manager of the Chicago Cubs, just a short trip up I-94 to Milwaukee to find Dale Sveum.  Sveum, serving as the third base coach in 2004 with the Red Sox, won a World Series title with Epstein.  Since 2006, Sveum was on the Brewers coaching staff with titles ranging from third base coach, to bench coach, and to most recently hitting coach.  Sveum did get a crack at the managerial position albeit a short one in 2008 when he took over for Ned Yost and led the Brewers to a 7-5 record down the stretch and a NL Wild Card berth.  Along with Sveum, the following coaches will be joining the Cubs this season...

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A New Beginning

Before this blog moves forward, we would be remiss not to mention what has transpired since the disenchanted 2011 season came to a close.  The Chicago Cubs as a team and organization took a giant step forward in not only changing the direction of the club, but the culture as well.

The Cubs new President of Baseball Operations

On October 25, 2011 the Chicago Cubs named a new President of Baseball Operations, none other than Boston GM Theo Epstein.  Talk about making a splash, and for once, it actually makes sense because it’s off the field where it was needed most.  Don’t get me wrong, there wasn’t much to like on the field the last couple of years, but in order to fix that, the real issue needed to be addressed, and it was.  In order for Epstein to make the move to the North Side of Chicago he had to take a role that was above his current GM role in Boston.  That in it of itself is a giant win for Ricketts, many die hard Cubs followers probably didn’t think Ricketts had it in him, but he proved them, including us, wrong in a huge way.

Theo Epstein’s full press conference (video)

Video of Epstein’s full press conference via ABC 7 Chicago.

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Out of the Box…

Hello and welcome to our brand new blog, Born on Third.

First and foremost, thanks for stopping by, this introductory post will explain a little about what we expect for the blog, and what kind of features you, the reader, can expect.

  Coming Soon:

  • Frequent Opinion Pieces
  • Cubs Game Recaps
  • Series Previews/Recaps
  • Weekly Look Around MLB (Standings, Stats, etc.)
  • Weekly Minor League Reports (Cubs Affiliates)
  • Cubs Prospect Watch
  • This Day in Cubs History
  • Much, Much More

Thanks again for stopping by, I hope this will be as enjoyable for you as it is for us.  Go Cubs!

– George Cotugno & Mark Sorrentino