Fans to Hoyer: when will the Cubs pull the winning leverage? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Jed Hoyer walked away from his media tour on Monday and headed straight for the fans, sitting with Boog Sciambi and season ticket holders for a Q&A outside of Wrigley Field.
Hoyer’s messages were largely the same as his recent media stops when he did individual sit-down interviews. with beat reporters and 670 The Score and ESPN 1000.
Among the topics covered on Monday’s Q&A program that aired on the Marquee Network, there were no specific answers to the team’s competitive schedule, who will be here or not at the next big tournament. cubs teams or what they’re going to do next offseason.
Hoyer discussed the “levers” that the Cubs pulled during their last competitive cycle – pure winning moves, such as the free agent’s lengthy prospect-swapping commitments.
“When you look at the moves we’ve made [past] We used a few levers in the off-season that we felt could help us win now and help us in the future,” Hoyer said.
“But we haven’t pulled some of the levers that we think could get in the way of what we see as a great future and the Cubs’ next great team.”
A fan later asked when the Cubs would be able to pull those levers again in competition.
“For me, it’s just trying to make one right decision after another,” Hoyer said. “You build it brick by brick.
“If we make one right decision after another, I believe it will happen quickly. But at the same time, you want to build it right. My goal is to create something really special and apply some of the lessons we learned last time.
“What I don’t want is to shortchange this, look back and build something good. We are the Cubs and we can be better.”
Other takeaways from the Q&A:
• Hoyer again didn’t call the current state of the Cubs a rebuild, instead pointing to what the Cubs are aiming to build on.
“For me, it’s not about labeling,” Hoyer said. “It’s about talking about what we’re trying to achieve. And what we’re trying to achieve is to have a really healthy organizational base of young players so that we can move forward and really be great.”
• Hoyer remembered the state of the Cubs ten years ago, when he and Theo Epstein took over the headquarters, and the difference in organizational infrastructure now compared to then.
“We didn’t have the technology, people, or processes to be a great organization,” Hoyer said. “Now it’s not like that. We invested in all these things thanks to the Ricketts. We have wonderful people and wonderful processes here. We are always trying to get better.
“But as far as building an entire organization, that’s not what we do. At this stage it is important for us to create a group of young players and then build around them.”
• Hoyer reiterated that he is not concerned about the resources available to the front office.
“I know the money will be there at the right time,” Hoyer said. “If you go back to 2013 and 2014, we didn’t have really high salaries. Since we were winning and we needed to step on the financial gas pedal, we were able to do it.
“I know we can do it again.”
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