Anyway, I was working the SB Nation newsdesk today during the Chicago Cubs press conference wherein they officially announced the hiring of GM Jed Hoyer and Development and Scouting VP Jason McLoed. My initial reactions and details from the conference can be found on SB Nation Chicago:
My recap is fairly robust, so I'll stop it there. Anyway, long story short:
- Epstein met with current manager Mike Quade and feels they are approaching a resolution on the manager situation. Epstein said he wanted a "resolution within a week." Epstein is largely expected to release Quade, who does not particularly fit well with the analytically progressive new front office.
- In explaining the roles and responsibilities of the new executives, Epstein said Jed Hoyer will run day-to-day baseball operations, while Jason McLoed will be in charge of scouting and player development -- but that Epstein himself will still very much be a part of the Cubs operations.
- The phrase of the day seemed to be sustainable success. None of the executives today were willing to stake a claim on the 2012 season, but instead focused on their intentions to build a team that can compete year-after-year.
- Epstein admitted the position with the Cubs became much more attractive once he knew he could bring Hoyer and McLoed in as executives.
- The new direction is everything we could have ever hoped for in our wildest, most amazing dreams of dreams.
- Our new front office is serious crazy attractive.