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Postby Bertz » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:52 pm

It's obviously impossible to judge any of these from the outside but Breslow at least has basically the perfect resume for his role. Him and Brian Bannister up in Boston were basically the OGs at this stuff from the team side of things.
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Postby Bertz » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:03 pm



Something I didn't notice upon first read. Considering that Scouting Director is the most historically prestigious title after GM it's no wonder that that's the one they're going to use to bring in someone notable from outside the org.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:03 pm

Breslow and Stone seem extremely promising and hopefully this news concludes the MiL focus of the offseason excluding any new prospects added. Now please, for the love of whateveryouworship, fix that boring ass ML roster
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Postby The Logan » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:20 pm

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Postby Bertz » Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:10 pm

Based on the article on this in The Athletic this morning, the FO's POV on this is that they mostly had the right minds in the org already, but that they did not have the proper level of influence and authority to execute on the level of an org like the Astros:

The Cubs believe they’ve been innovating all these years, just like the Dodgers and Astros. Their pitch lab has been up and running for two years now. They have personnel who present cutting-edge ideas and think outside the box.

But there were obstacles in place, and many of these ideas weren’t central to player development. It proved to be more difficult than originally hoped to integrate these concepts into an established system and culture. Instead of being at the core of the player development department, these new ideas were on the margins, supplementing a process that many of the leaders in place had seen work and believed could continue to work.

Some organizations that passed the Cubs in these areas were able to implement these processes as they became popular, starting from scratch with regime changes and building around these ideas. Others were just more cutthroat in their decisions to remove people in power and implement changes.

The Cubs had hoped to implement these ideas with the same leadership in place, while using systems that had helped them win a World Series in 2016 and build what was once a strong farm system. But in the end, that inefficiency cost them.

The Cubs see many of these changes as empowering people whose voices and ideas were previously not heard. Now, the most forward-thinking people — the ones on the cutting edge who would normally be pursued by other organizations to run these types of initiatives — are in positions of power.


A lot more in the article on the folks themselves, highly recommend reading it all.
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This is a good hire IMO. I don't know what impact Justin Stone or Craig Breslow will have on this organization, but this could be big.

I wasn't even aware this guy applied for the position. He was very highly regarded when he was in the Cards' FO. He's well-versed in analytics and is definitely more "new school" compared to Jason McLeod. Smart dude -- has a master's degree in statistics from Harvard.

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/a-conversat ... antrovitz/
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:03 pm

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Just on those few details I'm calling that a sneakily badass hire. The A's don't get enough credit for how physically talented and toolsy their org is
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Re: sometimes deck chairs need to be rearranged

Postby Bertz » Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:21 pm

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Just on those few details I'm calling that a sneakily badass hire. The A's don't get enough credit for how physically talented and toolsy their org is


Yeah I know nothing about the guy but seeing early decade Cardinals and last couple years A's on his resume has me doing the Alonzo Mourning gif nod.
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Re: sometimes deck chairs need to be rearranged

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Just on those few details I'm calling that a sneakily badass hire. The A's don't get enough credit for how physically talented and toolsy their org is


Yeah I know nothing about the guy but seeing early decade Cardinals and last couple years A's on his resume has me doing the Alonzo Mourning gif nod.


Yeah - and his timelines with both orgs seem to come with a shift towards tools and frames as well as the usual emphasis on skills. Like I fell into the trap of stereotyping the A's last year, without even looking assumed their two star CIFs were short, stout guys with limited athleticism who just happened to be having good years in their 20s like the A's might find. Then I find out they're 6'3" and 6'5" with legit GG defense at their positions, the power is real, the approaches are real, neither can be called slow or poor baserunners...Between those two, Semien, Puk, Luzardo, Flaherty, C. Kelly (6'2"-6'3" 220+ C, amateur 3B), and even Luke Weaver (who Ryan Jensen has some similarities to) I think we get a really good picture of the type of physical talents, all around skillsets, and makeups he values (the A's really rode it out with Semien, who did the work), if in a position to get them and they are good...I mean the A's *traded* for Jorge Mateo, who probably no one would see as an A's type of player, but could be seen as a statement that they're willing to take on high upside athletes who flash even some skills

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Postby UMFan83 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:45 pm

Speaking of rearranging deck chairs, I saw this job posting from the Cubs on LinkedIn:

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JOB TITLE: Sports & Entertainment Operations Representative

DEPARTMENT: Human Resources

REPORTS TO: Assistant Director, Talent Acquisition

JOB TYPE: Full-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt


ROLE

The Sports & Entertainment Operations Representative will participate in a structured 22 month rotational program comprised of developmental roles, paired with ongoing training designed to support multiple business lines across the Ricketts’ Family portfolio (wtf?). While building key skills and gaining invaluable exposure to the commercial side of the business through hands-on experiences, training and feedback.


POTENTIAL DEPARTMENTAL ROTATIONS:

Ticket Service & Operations
Ballpark Operations
Community Affairs
Ticket Sales & Corporate Partnerships
Hospitality & Retail
Marketing & Social Media
Spring Training Operations (Mesa, AZ)

SAMPLE: ROTATIONAL TRACK

Fan Service Center (6 to 10 Month Mandatory Assignment)
Cubs Convention Event Planning Committee (2 month Term)
Community Affairs (5 Month Term)
Ticketing (5 Month Term)

RESPONSIBILITIES

Participate and engage in customized sports & entertainment training and development opportunities
Complete multiple hands on developmental rotations supporting cross functional business initiatives
Create unique and personal stakeholder experiences that uphold and advance the Cubs service delivery philosophy and standards
Continuously improve upon Cubs business operations; always looking for a better way to deliver on commitments to fans, clients, and key service stakeholders
Partner with all departmental and front line associates to achieve organizational and departmental goals
Identify, communicate, and – where possible – capitalize on additional sales opportunities
Advance knowledge and understanding of the key business operations principles and tenets within sports & entertainment industry

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree from accredited university
Minimum one year of sales, service, operations, marketing, and/or event experience (face to face or client based experience) or the completion of a college hospitality training program
Demonstrated service skills
Effective communication, time management and organization skills
Demonstrated ability to work well within a team environment
Ability to work non-standard hours including nights, weekends, and holidays
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Strong desire to become a sports & entertainment industry leader
Proven ability to multi-task and manage projects on strict deadlines
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Re: sometimes deck chairs need to be rearranged

Postby David » Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:50 pm

UMFan83 wrote:Speaking of rearranging deck chairs, I saw this job posting from the Cubs on LinkedIn:

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JOB TITLE: Sports & Entertainment Operations Representative

DEPARTMENT: Human Resources

REPORTS TO: Assistant Director, Talent Acquisition

JOB TYPE: Full-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt


ROLE

The Sports & Entertainment Operations Representative will participate in a structured 22 month rotational program comprised of developmental roles, paired with ongoing training designed to support multiple business lines across the Ricketts’ Family portfolio (wtf?). While building key skills and gaining invaluable exposure to the commercial side of the business through hands-on experiences, training and feedback.


POTENTIAL DEPARTMENTAL ROTATIONS:

Ticket Service & Operations
Ballpark Operations
Community Affairs
Ticket Sales & Corporate Partnerships
Hospitality & Retail
Marketing & Social Media
Spring Training Operations (Mesa, AZ)

SAMPLE: ROTATIONAL TRACK

Fan Service Center (6 to 10 Month Mandatory Assignment)
Cubs Convention Event Planning Committee (2 month Term)
Community Affairs (5 Month Term)
Ticketing (5 Month Term)

RESPONSIBILITIES

Participate and engage in customized sports & entertainment training and development opportunities
Complete multiple hands on developmental rotations supporting cross functional business initiatives
Create unique and personal stakeholder experiences that uphold and advance the Cubs service delivery philosophy and standards
Continuously improve upon Cubs business operations; always looking for a better way to deliver on commitments to fans, clients, and key service stakeholders
Partner with all departmental and front line associates to achieve organizational and departmental goals
Identify, communicate, and – where possible – capitalize on additional sales opportunities
Advance knowledge and understanding of the key business operations principles and tenets within sports & entertainment industry

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree from accredited university
Minimum one year of sales, service, operations, marketing, and/or event experience (face to face or client based experience) or the completion of a college hospitality training program
Demonstrated service skills
Effective communication, time management and organization skills
Demonstrated ability to work well within a team environment
Ability to work non-standard hours including nights, weekends, and holidays
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Strong desire to become a sports & entertainment industry leader
Proven ability to multi-task and manage projects on strict deadlines


Guessing that mainly just means they might occasionally throw them in to do something at the hotel or the rooftops or something.
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Postby jersey cubs fan » Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:52 pm

David wrote:
UMFan83 wrote:Speaking of rearranging deck chairs, I saw this job posting from the Cubs on LinkedIn:

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JOB TITLE: Sports & Entertainment Operations Representative

DEPARTMENT: Human Resources

REPORTS TO: Assistant Director, Talent Acquisition

JOB TYPE: Full-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt


ROLE

The Sports & Entertainment Operations Representative will participate in a structured 22 month rotational program comprised of developmental roles, paired with ongoing training designed to support multiple business lines across the Ricketts’ Family portfolio (wtf?). While building key skills and gaining invaluable exposure to the commercial side of the business through hands-on experiences, training and feedback.


POTENTIAL DEPARTMENTAL ROTATIONS:

Ticket Service & Operations
Ballpark Operations
Community Affairs
Ticket Sales & Corporate Partnerships
Hospitality & Retail
Marketing & Social Media
Spring Training Operations (Mesa, AZ)

SAMPLE: ROTATIONAL TRACK

Fan Service Center (6 to 10 Month Mandatory Assignment)
Cubs Convention Event Planning Committee (2 month Term)
Community Affairs (5 Month Term)
Ticketing (5 Month Term)

RESPONSIBILITIES

Participate and engage in customized sports & entertainment training and development opportunities
Complete multiple hands on developmental rotations supporting cross functional business initiatives
Create unique and personal stakeholder experiences that uphold and advance the Cubs service delivery philosophy and standards
Continuously improve upon Cubs business operations; always looking for a better way to deliver on commitments to fans, clients, and key service stakeholders
Partner with all departmental and front line associates to achieve organizational and departmental goals
Identify, communicate, and – where possible – capitalize on additional sales opportunities
Advance knowledge and understanding of the key business operations principles and tenets within sports & entertainment industry

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree from accredited university
Minimum one year of sales, service, operations, marketing, and/or event experience (face to face or client based experience) or the completion of a college hospitality training program
Demonstrated service skills
Effective communication, time management and organization skills
Demonstrated ability to work well within a team environment
Ability to work non-standard hours including nights, weekends, and holidays
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Strong desire to become a sports & entertainment industry leader
Proven ability to multi-task and manage projects on strict deadlines


Guessing that mainly just means they might occasionally throw them in to do something at the hotel or the rooftops or something.

Probably have to take Todd and Laura out on pretend chores so the board can have meetings without them getting in the way
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Postby ConstableRabbit » Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:21 pm

Regular Show wrote:
Brian wrote:

This is a good hire IMO. I don't know what impact Justin Stone or Craig Breslow will have on this organization, but this could be big.

I wasn't even aware this guy applied for the position. He was very highly regarded when he was in the Cards' FO. He's well-versed in analytics and is definitely more "new school" compared to Jason McLeod. Smart dude -- has a master's degree in statistics from Harvard.

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/a-conversat ... antrovitz/

He probably didn't apply.
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ConstableRabbit wrote:He probably didn't apply.


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Regular Show wrote:
Brian wrote:

This is a good hire IMO. I don't know what impact Justin Stone or Craig Breslow will have on this organization, but this could be big.

I wasn't even aware this guy applied for the position. He was very highly regarded when he was in the Cards' FO. He's well-versed in analytics and is definitely more "new school" compared to Jason McLeod. Smart dude -- has a master's degree in statistics from Harvard.

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/a-conversat ... antrovitz/

He probably didn't apply.


Ah, I guarantee he did. This isn't really a promotion and I don't think the Cubs asked for permission to interview him. The scouting director job for the Cubs isn't more prestigious than being an AGM (I'm sure the pay is better though). Especially this role with the Cubs because the autonomy he will have is less than most scouting directors have with their clubs (Kiley McDaniel was alluding to this).

This new guy is not the de facto #3 in the organization like McLeod used to be (maybe he still is).
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:16 pm

McLeod's still the defacto #3, that new title's fancy. I wouldn't be surprised if his promotion was Harris' cue that the Cubs see McLeod as a GM or higher candidate post-Theo
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TomtheBombadil wrote:McLeod's still the defacto #3, that new title's fancy. I wouldn't be surprised if his promotion was Harris' cue that the Cubs see McLeod as a GM or higher candidate post-Theo

God help us. Once the 2015 IFA take a horsefeathers, it’s time for McLeod to hit the bricks.
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TomtheBombadil wrote:McLeod's still the defacto #3, that new title's fancy. I wouldn't be surprised if his promotion was Harris' cue that the Cubs see McLeod as a GM or higher candidate post-Theo


God help us. Once the 2015 IFA take a horsefeathers, it’s time for McLeod to hit the bricks.


Yeah, this could also happen. The sunshine and lollipops thing isn't much fun
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:50 am

Dude should have been fired after last season.
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Sammy Sofa wrote:Dude should have been fired after last season.

Eh, he essentially was with the new role. He went from heading player development to working below guys and being tasked work to do some major league scouting, game planning and maybe finding DFA’d/Non-tendered guys to target. He also got a contract extension in the last few years and is compensated well, he’s worth keeping until that expires and giving him some sort of work. Even if it’s just busy work.
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