Stone: A New Era For Cubs Baseball

(CBS) As reports continue to swirl around Chicago and Boston that Theo Epstein is indeed headed to the Cubs, one baseball analyst thinks this could be the start of a new brand of baseball in Wrigleyville.

“It will certainly mean the new era has come to the north side of town,” Steve Stone told The McNeil and Spiegel Show on Wednesday. “Theo is pretty good at what he does. I know the last couple of years have been pretty disappointing in Boston, but you’re talking about a 37-year-old who is considered one of the game’s best.”

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With big money tied up in the contracts of Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano, Stone said a challenge for Esptein will be dealing with a smaller payroll, which means the minor leagues will be vital.

“He’s not going to have that type of financial latitude (like he did in Boston) as far as the Cubs are concerned,” Stone said.  “He’s going to have to do a whole lot more as it pertains to the minor leagues. He’s going to have to trust his scouts. He’s going to have to trust his development people.

“Theo is one of those guys who can think out of the box. He’s very creative. I think that, if he is indeed the guy, and if he’s the guy that (Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts) set his sights on and becomes the new GM here, I think he’s going to do a pretty good job.”

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  • Bill Figel

    TheoBall – Bring it on.

  • Alex

    it’s true that Theo won’t have the payroll flexibility that he had with the Red Sox, but he won’t have to contend with the Yankees payroll every year either. He won’t have any problems having the payroll to contend in the NL Central every year.

  • G.L. Hinton

    The Cubs hiring Theo maybe one of the most significant moves in the history of Chicago Baseball! And I’m a White Sox fan!! I just hope people are patient. It’s going to take every bit of four years to right the ship!!!

  • Larry

    The Messiah.

  • Val

    You mean the Cubs arent gonna win it all next year????..What kind of a messiah is this anyway????????

  • el yaqui

    I wish this site was in existence when Dusty Baker or “what do ya want me ta do/” Pinella came to town – wasn’t it pretty much the same kind of hoopla then as now? Wasn’t there a guy named McPhail that was supposed to be the savior?

    Even after 2005 and what happened on the southside – this town will always be left wanting because of the loveable loser Cubs and that’s alright by me.

    Can’t wait to hear Springfield’s Chief Wiggams say: ” where’s your messiah now?!”

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