Failure To Draft And Develop Pitching Has Caught Up To The Chicago Cubs


Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein talks to owner Thomas S. Ricketts before Game 3 of the National League Division Series baseball game against the Washington Nationals Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)ASSOCIATED PRESS

Theo Epstein arrived in Chicago with the Cubs ahead of the 2012 season when the franchise was at its most pitiful. The Cubs had failed to finish with a winning record for two straight years, had missed the playoffs for three years, hadn’t won a postseason game in eight years, and hadn’t won a World Series championship in 103 years. Not only that, but the team on the field was comprised of the aging core of competitive Cubs teams of the past, without many young, impact players to build around in the big leagues or coming up soon from the minors.

It was a tall task, but there were few in the game more highly regarded than Epstein and those he…



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