(WSCR) When Theo Epstein left Boston to join the Cubs as president of baseball operations, it was obvious change was coming.
The old “Cubs Way” is now gone, and a newer, smarter brand of baseball is taking over.
“If you’re going to build this thing from the ground up, you’ve at least begun the right way,” Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times told The Mully and Hanley Show. “They’ve stock piled pitching. How any of these guys that are sort of bounce-back candidates respond remains to be seen, but if one or two of them do, then you add to that. What you’re doing when you bring in position players is you’re focusing on guys with versatility and guys that can catch the ball.
LISTEN: Gordon Wittenmyer on The Mully and Hanley Show
Wittenmyer said that though there might not be any immediate signs of change this season, slowly but surely, fans will begin to see the difference.
“You’re going to emphasize fundamentals in camp,” he said. “If something begins to look like it’s coming together, whether it’s this year or next year, now you add to that. Meanwhile, you’re not spending the big bucks on the big-buck home-run hitters before you need them. One or two of those guys isn’t going to put you over the top, anyway.”