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"jed hoyer" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"What play Some of those Jed Hoyer highlights as promised. Miracle kind of led me to think of something else when he talked about crazy seven for one deals, because that's what Peter King was writing about this morning and the football morning in America Colony. He writes for pro football. Talk to Carmen in your corn, ESPN 1000 by the way, come later in the show. It's a big birthday day today, not just my kid's birthday, but oh, yes, spreading data Happy 14 major anniversary Dylan's an anniversary, which would show Twins. No funny guys. They're 14 14. Wow. You believe that markets for jeans? My last That is crazy. My heavens, Heavens! S Oh, yeah, And there's a major major anniversary today, too, that we will discuss Miller looked like you were ready to says so. The lead and Peter King's column today, Shawn Watson, and this is what he writes, which I thought was kind of interesting just to start over the weekend. Two common themes emerged about Houston's near future one. The Texans have one untradeable player. Watson, as of now to Houston is not only not interested in trading Watson but also not interested in listening to offers for him. At least two teams have given offers to the Houston Texans and have gotten zero feedback like no reaction. No, we'll get back to you. Nothing. So, according to Peter, at least two teams have made offers. And they have heard nothing. Nothing bad. Not thanks, but no, thanks. That's tweak it. Nothing. So if you're planning if you're Houston, you don't plan on trading. I'm not just gonna order. Is that what they're gonna do? That's what it seems like it is. They're just going to ignore it. And then, when the representatives from the shower Watson come to talk to him and say, Well, it's tonight. We know you've gotten trade offers for we're not listening to trade offers my friend. We think the Shawn Watson is a top three quarterback in this league and we have no interest in trading him. We don't care if he's unhappy. We're going to try to make him happy. You're gonna have to sell the Shawn Watson and making him happy. And Houston. That's just the way it is. That's Nick. A serious job right now. Yes. Salomon. Hey, I'm gonna fix all this. Don't you works right. We were the Titanic right now. But somehow I'm gonna fix the B u SS Lusitania. The Lusitania him roll over one the big hole. That's right there and nine the whole we're taking on water. It's coming over the bulkheads at E Deck. It's a mathematical certainty. He says. I'm gonna fix it. Right. I've If I was a general manager Guy's got to be the Houston I am not letting to Shawn Watson Gold period. And my job is to go ahead and find a way to convince him that what we're going to do here is going to be absolutely correct. You are one of the top three quarterbacks Initial league top two young quarterbacks for dark shirt. I want you here. I don't want you going anywhere. You are a Houston Texan. We drafted you. You're gonna be a lifetime. Houston Texan. You're gonna win Super Bowl championships, and you're going to the Hall of Famers of Houston, Texas. That sounds like a good guy. And you know what I would do if I were Nick a stereo toe like kind of like Break the ice a little bit. I would pitch what you're goes like pitching right now. But you guys see the infomercial. You know the infomercial with the guy with the real good groom Beard kind of a portly guy. Maybe centuries passed, but the different guy does it today. He's got a blue shirt on and he's always one of the things he pimps is like this. Poxy party almost show any. Yeah, and he at one point to make his pitch. He drills a hole into the hole of a boat. And then he slathers. My head is Carmen. Like a dad. You could see that twitch TV. My airfare, Patrick, He takes a big heaping on a putty knife in this taxi. And he fills in the hole. Slathers it in their car takes the whole it takes the boat on the water. And wouldn't you know it? The boat floats, floats and if I were him I'd be. I'd get a big tub of that epoxy and I'd start working. I said Listen where? The Titanic But I'm gonna go down there and I'm gonna slash I don't even know what the hell this stuff's called. I'm gonna slather it on here. I'm gonna finish Let Let's redo the scene and me anything that might be coming up here on the show, Okay? Iceberg dead ahead. I want to start. Good go. I just stop and reverse party, Jen, right? Yes. Refer. Reverse turn Now get down there with you, and I would go down there and I would start them to Shawn Watch. So I'm the guy with the poxy party and I'm gonna fix it. And maybe it makes the Shawn Watson laugh a little bit me. Chuckle giggles. Well, you better get to work, man because they would break the ice. You got a lot of it's a hard sell that convinced him to stay. This goes the longer this goes, the harder it is to get this thing back. Well, and then this is where the craziness ensues. The like Peter starts walking. Talking about the proposals. Peter King Proposal. Carolina Panthers seven for one deal, right? Christian McCaffrey, junior heady Bridgewater, Teddy, but Dr B. Anderson, who had a terrific here, quite receiver Robbie Anderson, First round. Second round picks in 2021 1st round pick in 2022 3rd round pick in 2023 in exchange for Watson, Houston might push for the inclusion A 22 year old pass rusher Brian Burns is a vital part of any deal. Are you out of your mind? Young too? Young tackles dates back from that You're You're getting out of control now. Like you don't give the pass Rush rub. You can't trade idea Trade. McCaffrey doesn't bother me a bit. It doesn't bother me at all those picks. I know you know what we think about running backs. I mean, I know I love Chris McCaffrey. But I know what you mean. But all those picks a playmaker like McCaffrey, Robbie Anderson, the quarterback, a pass rusher like Brian, Are you crazy? The past her she's not going anywhere. That's the one that's the deal breaker. There's no way in hell you're getting this guy. That's a big noise in it, guys. I mean, like, even for you, Shawn Watson. Isn't that a No? Don't you have to draw the line in the sand somewhere? Well, what's that? Like of all the offers that Peter King put together? Is that one? The best one in your opinion, or is it the dog? It includes burns. That's the best one. But it includes I'm looking. I'm thinking, Bridgewater Money money. Anderson money. Probably equals what money Watson has being made from watch. Like no like I'm with you. You're like that that that matters. In the end, it doesn't really matter. McCaffrey becomes the face of your franchise. If your taxes if you make that deal, so that's the cell is that you have a guy who But we all know he's already been paid a big big money deal and as a running back if you could see, you know, if you're Matt rule, you might be like, yeah, like, Let's get that off the books if we could get a franchise quarterback That's not even a hinderance. It's like you said the young pass rusher. It's everything else, but like I get If you want, Watson, there's going to be a bidding war. And so you know what? Because, look, the Dolphins. The Dolphins one has got the Jets Look at the Jets Deal. Six for one. Sam Donald. Okay, they wouldn't lose. I just go ahead and Queen quarterback first round picks in 2021, which is the second selection. 2022. The hire of New York's two first round picks is they have a two next year. Was second round picks in 2021 2023 in exchange for Watson. That's an awfully big hole. 40 Niners seven for one Garoppolo linebacker Fred Warner, who is blossoming into a superstar man, I mean, he had a tremendous your own San Francisco. Mike McGlinchy first round picks in 2021 2022. Plus a second round pick in 2021 in the third round pick in 2022 for Watson, you get to the Dolphins here. What's the daughter? You know what I do there and I think isn't Houston Texans aren't they set a tackle? Then they just make the trade Jeremy time. So let me counsel. I think if you said a chancellor Tunsil you can you can trade Maclin. She discards Chicago for draft choices. Yourself another first trumpet right medicines if you all right. And then the big One is Miami defensive end Christian welcomes quarterback to a tongue biloba. First round picks in 2021 3rd overall 2023 2nd round pick in 2021 2022 for Watson. Houston deal in the Miami DEA arm. Excuse me, the Carolina deal in the Miami dealer. The two best deals, aren't they? Bears even come close to matching that. How could they? The only way the Bears could make anything I think palatable would be that have to do it have to be an agreed upon deal on draft day when you can actually trade for total first from picks because you can't trade you could only trade three in the future. But on draft day do you go ahead and do for so the Bears would have to be like, And I think that's the only way they get into the conversation where they're willing to go for first from pets of present day pick and then three future exists..
The Cubs Are Sitting Pretty in the NLC
"They can look at the division. Tony you look at all the teams that the cubs have to but up against dan. We haven't seen a whole bunch of the squads in the central be. You know they haven't made a whole bunch of moves during this off season and in the cubs they're in that basket as well so when it comes to being competitive in the division right now. I think jed hoyer and david rawson as well as myself. I think everyone is of the mindset that this cubs team they can go out there and twenty twenty one and compete no matter what a yeah i think so for sure i mean you look at this division in every single team. All five of them has gotten significantly worse on paper going into twenty twenty one compared to twenty twenty you know the the reds are losing. Trevor bauer who. We talked about earlier in the podcast. I think you traded rozelle glossiest the angels. The potential transcending gray like who knows. We'll see some of that archie. Bradley was it was another pitcher. They acquired at the trade deadline atop reliever for them. He's gone cardinals. Have lost a lot of veteran guys as well. The pirates are trading away. Anybody of value right now in the brewers have you know declined to options are not options for guys like ryan braun and and so on so yeah off five teams really right now. Don't look better on paper than they did last year. But that doesn't mean that there's a wide open division for the cubs to go claiming i think right now the cubs have one of the best teams on paper. They have a manager. Year finalist david. Ross they have all those poor guys in the mvp candidates that we talked about before that if there are bounceback season from a couple of all of those guys than this offense is in much better shape than it was last year. So i think the real big question is just pitching for them you know. Where does the pitching come from from the cubs but yeah i think right now they can compete certainly with any team in the division
"jed hoyer" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"Me. Okay, Well, that's true that that is true. Yeah, right. If you're fast enough to sustain life, right, and then they crawl right up to you, and you can't get out of their way fast enough, They will go all the way to the right. It's a disguise Me then it is actually it. Is it actually the autobahn. It's brutal the way that the way that the roads are right now and during covert has gotten worse. Because the fewer people out of here we're just Yeah, they're driving ridiculous are out of their mind. And some people thought that Jed Hoyer, the Cubs were out of their minds when they traded Yu Darvish. Jesse warned us of this. Yeah. Well, let's see. I thought the Cubs going forward saying, Okay, if you haven't got rid of Kris Bryant yet You're probably not bringing Schwarber bag You said we weren't going to with that. You know, it doesn't mean anything. You could always last minute offer of another deal. But if Kris Bryant's their biases their results there you have Hendrix. You had Darvish and you had Alec Mills is like, okay, maybe you can compete and what is not necessarily a very strong National League Central, But now you look at it and they moved Irish and They get four kids, and I said, Well, they should also get Zach Davies. They get Zach Davies, who I think is 50 and 36 in his career isn't above 500 pitcher. He's you know, middle of of the rotation kind of guy, but it's just as a cub fan. You've got to be a little Frustrated, I would think because you know, in 2016, you were the world. Syria's You get to the playoffs. It was five or six years, but you don't get it. You don't get to the World Series again, and it had to be frustrating. That is just getting From most confidence. I've talked to just getting to the winning the world Syriza's The one was enough. Others, which is which I love seeing. It's like OK, now you set the bar higher. You've got to do better. Well, I think We all thought, including Sox fans looking up at the North side. Thought, you know, this is maybe one or two, maybe three championship team. They all did. Yeah, and everybody did Because of the way they were built. They thought they got there early. You know this? This just looks like, you know, saving money. To me. I mean, it's growth. It's moving forward. But saving some money does this makes does the feel resignation? Make more sense? I got yes to to be there were on something was looking at it like, okay. All you want to do is cut. I don't want my name on this right by let let Jed Hoyer takeover dollars, so he so he could get yelled at explain all the moves that they're not going to be able to make or the moves that are gonna, you know, make my trading away. Younger guys wanted his his legacy here in Chicago. I came. You know I came. He saw he conquered yet And then all of a sudden you're not there. I'm not in for another round. I'm out. And he did that in Boston, too. I know he had a hard time in Boston. But you know, he brought that city a couple of championships. Two will chase the guy that listens all the time. He's a big fan of black and of dollars. He listens us all the time, too. We really appreciate it, he said. He has no podcast. Pretty cool. Two cubs can probably compete the bad Central. I understand movie you based on the potential return back, but it ended up looking underwhelming. Time will tell. Yeah, it's and we'll tell the problem with it is You know they had, They said it was not a salary dump, but that they also were above the luxury tax for two years in a row that it was no. They had to get below that we were going to do it again. I mean, why would you really admit that if you don't have to totally admit that if you dance around it Yeah, well, it goes back to the capital. Lot of other people they want they want. I can't rember the word, but they want everybody to explain exactly what it is they're doing now. General managers don't need told disclosure. They want that They want transparency. That's where the bones are. They want transparency about what they're doing. General managers don't need transparent You're only going to get a certain amount transferred. The trick is to seem like you're very transparent when you're out, Not actually. Well, everybody does it. Everybody thought deal was very transparent and the white sacks for the most part are team that where they make deals. You don't know about it. They sneak up and all of a sudden They got who they got. Lance Lynn, right? There was no rumors. Where'd that come from? Right right. But it does seem on a certain level that they are a bit transparent. Yet they still do that. That's the trick to appear to be transparent, but not give away all the secrets because the last you know what All of the teams are monitoring what everybody else, says. And when the eight spirit that they had to figure out Okay says Lion, is this guy lion? Or is he serious and be serious? Does that help us? What we're trying to build trust game? It really is. And I was never good at chess. My brother was great at it. I was okay. Checkers. Just taking me. Okay, crowd me, Whatever it is, he goes. Just stop. Just don't play chess over your figure it out or just leave me alone, and he's younger to me. He's a He's a mutt. You haven't figured out the chest. He was talking about The Queen's gambit. He said. Always. We're gonna big deal about the first move. He said. You know what? After the first movie, you still got to do everything else, right? It doesn't really matter what your first move is. You gonna pull your part part out two point he goes. Yeah. Yeah. Go ahead. And he said, that's the part he didn't like about the movie, you know, and the chest Then we have a chess game sitting in front of us. That will actually, son, uh, twitch, but Just sets. I just know the horse makes big seller. Very big seller for Christmas. I'm bad Cove it And you know what else is comeback puzzles, My friend. Yeah, I did one earlier last time you didn't put earlier year 2000 piece puzzle with beer labels. Wow. And usually I did it while drinking beer. I mean, really symmetry. Nothing stops you. Why? Why should it? Thanks, Eric. For all of his help, Don't forget. I'll be back tomorrow with Brian Handley. We have the points back. Sports World.
"jed hoyer" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"You got me all geeked up now, Jesse. Recovering guy. Yeah, I didn't watch the I didn't watch it off the back because I figured I was gonna be cheesy. And then I started watching it. You get sucked in, but I think that is cheesy. But you get sucked in. It is easy. I admit that I don't. I don't usually like that stuff, okay, but it just gets like that. It's just so silly and fun and And I think people have are a group, you know, just way kind of like the nostalgia thing and sure who I love the fact that that basically every actor returns they didn't have to, like, Get a different actor to play this character. It's It's It's crazy. It's crazy, but so was the Darvish Trade said Wait. Yes, it is. Yes, it is among the things you had higher, talked about yesterday. He talked for a lot for about an hour and some of his comments were like We've got 2.5 minutes, two minutes, almost three minutes, But I wanted to hear this one because Some people think that it was a money thing. He basically said it wasn't which is which blew my mind because they always say that. Yeah, they always say that so Immediately, Steele said. Leaving in part was about giving back some money. I mean, like he mentioned it at least one time, but they rarely do. Do you understand? Even more wife Feel left now. I knew why I knew why I I was if you would ask me like yes or no on I don't know. August 1st. Yeah, or actually, even before that, during the pandemic during the shutdown, Dude asked me Do you think this is like, feels last season yesterday? I would have said yes. Okay. Okay. I would add a caveat to it. So I understood like I understood early on like it's just things the game, the team everything. Everything. I was. I was surprised that he left So here's one of the country's Jed Hoyer. Yesterday he sat and talked and explain things. And, you know, fans are you know after last year, making the playoffs and everything else you still that by as Brian still around, and You know you had Darvish. You had Hendrix and things like that. Um, the question was here. It says shouldn't fans expect the pennant contender? Yeah. Listen, I think that, um Like I love the fact that we've raised that standard. You hear that? No. Old enough to remember when you know, winning a division was was widely celebrated and talked about like I like It was, like one of our kids, birthdays or something like that. And now I think we've gotten to a place where you know Simply winning a division was We just won a division and you know, I must. I must have forgotten how excited everyone was about that. You know, I feel like that was pretty quickly raised from from from the discussion. You know, I'm still really proud of the fact that we were able to Win the division. We we were able to No, we were able to sort of, you know, go through. Really difficult 2020 and have no positive tests and and come together as a group and when in division and you know, I do feel like that. You know, that's a nice secondary goal. I do I do feel like, you know. To your question. I do want to get back to a place where we can enter the playoffs and know that Either way, the favorite or or a team that we can make an absolutely win. The World Series. If the right thing if things go, right? I do also think every season sacred. I think we're gonna We're gonna compete this year. But I also will say, you know, I do think it's important to evaluate your personnel appropriately and realize that No, I do think that, um Endlessly trying to push the envelope to try to win every single year win a championship. Every single year comes with tremendous risk. And I think that anyone that watched a lot of the moves that covers made for years before we got here, would would would acknowledge that I think that I mentioned a bunch of teams before that. Continue to push and push in and at some point at some point you have to think about The future a little bit. So you do I believe that we're gonna have a competitive team this year. Absolutely. But do I think this is a year that you, you know, push the envelope to spend and to take on older players and to, um You know, and to sort of like, you know. Continue to push because of, you know, because you're trying, you know, potentially Um You know? Satisfy something that you don't necessarily believe is the right thing to do. I don't think that's the right thing right now. So a ZAY enter Patrick's question. I don't think being in the market that day in the big free agent market this year. Um Is the right thing for the Cubs to do just I mean, I don't think we can compete for a championship. No, I think we absolutely can. But I don't think I don't like spending money on on a free agent this offseason. I don't think that's the right way to attack that problem by E was confidence and, yeah, it felt like you start at the start of amazing. The other end of it Just Navigate his way through this thing, but that was one of the last answers. And as he said, I'm like, Wow, he is trying to find a way. I mean, the last thing he tried to say is do I think we could contend for Walter? Absolute? No, you don't. No, you don't. You don't really think that You don't think you could contend for World Series or else you would be adding to it. Right, And that's the thing. I mean, he's trying to, and I I understand is the top spot. They are a first place team, but they're not that good. You know, they're not. We all know that they have they have issues. But it is still a first place team. So on one level, why not just added tweaked toe a first place team, right? Right. I mean, you can't be that far away if you finished in first. You wouldn't think so. Yeah, that far right? 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"jed hoyer" Discussed on Off The Mound with Ryan Dempster
"To to have a good year. And so i think those pants that of set in when guys realize like the back of their baseball card point twenty was not going to be were they expect and so the last year is a really hard mental year. That reason and i also think it was just a really short sample. And so i think we have to do a good job of remembering that what we just saw it was real but it also was very short and you know we can't talk about small samples and talk about not reading too much into small samples on one hand and on the other hand over value. What we just saw in twenty twenty. And i think this is something we have to remember every single day. It was a very unusual season and speaking of that too. So now you have these teams that are knowing that there's possible. I don't even know what the right word is transition mode or or whatever it is or now these teams are like sharks in the water. And they're like well we want this player but he didn't have a good year in twenty twenty. It's like cool. But he's still an all-star he's still mvp he's still a really great player. How do you navigate dot with other teams and dealing with that. Yeah i mean. I think we have to remember we. We know what those players are. Lost these guys some sailor in the minor leagues in the draft. And i think that we've seen them perform over years. And i think with with all of the guys that we had that struggled you know. They've had sixty game schedule sections of their of their seasons where they struggle like this but they also have more time to make up for it. So i think this is going to be the nature of of Of twenty twenty one. I think it will be players that had down years last year. That bounce back and people are going to be surprised that they bounced back or they're going to call it a bounceback season and in reality they're not gonna give enough weight to the fact that twenty twenty one A representative amount of innings or plate. Appearances so. I just think we have to remember that. What we saw was a was a season But it wasn't a normal season. There's a reason we play all summer long because there's a lot of luck involved in baseball. There's a lot of ups and downs and we played for six months for a reason. We play every day for a reason and we didn't do that. We just forget that That reason that we play every day is because a small sample doesn't really work in baseball. Yeah well whatever happens. I know you're gonna you know. Do all the hard work that needs to be done to continue to make the cubs success like they are. Thanks so much. For stopping. By off the mound. Best everything this holiday season to you in maryland and the kids. I know this time of year when you have little kids. It's crazy. they're they're running on sugar and and the adrenaline of The big guy come and so you know best of luck. Thanks thanks for coming off. The mound could couldn't say thanks enough depth. I enjoyed it. I'll talk to you soon. Have a great christmas well as you. You can see folks the cubs. They're in good hands with that man right there. So great to catch up the jed hoyer to hear more conversations like the one you just heard. Please download and subscribe to the mound with line. Dempster podcast on apple podcasts. Or spotify and it's all presented by our good friends at sloan behalf. Everyone here it off. The mound have a very happy holiday season..
"jed hoyer" Discussed on Off The Mound with Ryan Dempster
"And it was much harder to do that this year without being able to go down there and chat or watch batting practice or just You know catch in the lunchroom Prior to to a workout or something like that so Unexcited to get back to that because it really did take away something and we all really enjoy about the game. Well this here was definitely crazy. It was nuts obviously the weirdest year that a lot of us have ever seen. But jed we've talked about a little bit but feel i'm you guys are such great friends. he leaves. And now it's your job to create your own identity and you're going to do a great job at you've been in this business forever. What are the things that you're gonna take away from what he taught you as you go about kind of leading your way along the baseball path here. Here's the president of baseball operations. Yeah it's a good question you know spicy. I go back so far. I i was there the night he got the job In boston is twenty. Eight years old and were jumping around and l. excited as twenty eight year olds and so i've really watched him grow up mature in the job and i think i take a lot from that because you realize that people are are ever changing and evolving and they're not static and i think that i've watched how he's grown and i i i i'll do the same thing in this role that you know you're not gonna always have the same mantra style. Same leadership style. You'll have to adapt. Based on what moments you ran as organization but ultimately is been like. I said a lot of fun and really gratifying to watch how he's evolved for me. The work ethic is number one You can't leave an organization you can't You can't expect people to follow you unless you're willing to be in the trenches all the time and really you know work your butt off and show that This is your main priority. And i think they're like if the own. I've always worked incredibly hard. We've always been in the office all the time and you have to be willing to to work. Incredibly hard in theo was that i think was brilliant getting along with everyone in different parts of the organization and so his ability to to go down and talk to the man's or talk to the players. You know talk to scouts. Talk to coaches talk to owners. I think that that's a big part of this. Role is being able to communicate and identify with each each group this organization you people focus so much on the tip of the iceberg of this job. Which is the the major league players like. They're the talent right but there's so many other people at that go into making a great organization to to be effective with his job. You have to think about every aspect of the organization. Not just you know what you see on the field. The most important part. Obviously that's why people pay money to come watch us play but there's so many things that lead into to that product. I think it was amazing. That I mean i'll miss them. Yeah i my press conference and we've been together for so long this but at the same time You know i. I felt like i was racist job. Ten years ago. In san diego A came to to chicago theo. Because you know we always talked about breaking a second curson and joining forces in doing that together. And i stayed here because i love chicago. I love the city. I love this organization. And i'm excited that For theo's next chapter and i'm excited for to slide into that role and to keep things going on and to To can continue to to do great things here on the north side. And you will do that. I not a question in my mind. Just watching how hard you work and everything everything you put into the job. It's it's quite understandable. Why you'd be the next guy in line because you deserve it so super happy for you and happy to take over for him. Can't wait to see we. We should throw some sort of party in his office afterwards. Just just for fun. You know like and not invite him. Why won't be the first repaint the walls. Whatever we wanna do. It won't be the won't be the first party that'd be good. Other guys in charge speaking is in charge. I'm david ross. First year as manager. Joe when is his separate ways and went to anaheim and that job became available for david to take over as manager Talk about like the job. He did incredible job this year of of managing especially given all the circumstances with with covid amazing adding spectacular first year. I think we've always known need. This is what he's meant to do is born to do. He's a leader of people. People gravitate towards them tremendous presence and really an amazing ability to be a friend. But also hold people accountable. And that's not an easy thing to do. But i thought given the challenges that were in front of him in the first year like having all the cogan protocols having to do deal with to spring training having deals expectations i thought he was. He was perfect in that role and one of my favorite things about him is. I thought he was so brilliant this year. As there's so many games you come in and he would be self-critical. I'll i'll get better this. I'll do that better. I know i'll see that in the future. I think that's what great leaders are. all about. I think part of being a great leader as knowing you're constantly learning having that intellectual curiosity to get better and rossi has that he's been working all winter with our team to continue to further his growth and i think that's what ultimately is going to make him. One of the best managers in the game is that he has that desired. Getting better isn't thinking does it. All and he's not ashamed to admit that he doesn't know it all so Is such an appealing part of his job. Knowing that we have an excellent man now in a manager that i think will just continue to grow and get better and better at. It is a hard thing to find an and we have one so. I think that that's fantastic. Thought it would have been great. A factor the manager of the year awards came out and he didn't win it. You should call them and been like. Hey listen You know we really appreciate everything but we only we guys win manager of the year. So we're gonna go a different direction. We think you're good for six games but not really one sixty two so talking about speaking about underperformed underperformed in any way whatsoever but some of the guys on the team last year didn't have years that a that most importantly they would consider acceptable and we wouldn't right because we're used to something out of them. How much do you think not having. Fans affected certain guys on the team. Because they feed off of that energy and especially at a ballpark by wrigley field. It's a good question. I mean i came in any of the games and sat there. It was really weird. Commands a weird environment. I think we used to playing in front of that. Many fans at wrigley. We really struggled offensively wrigley. It does make you wonder a little bit of why we struggled so badly but you know we played sixty games and sixty games. Usually the number. We play on june tenth or so and no one looks at the stats on june tenth. And says this is all that meaningful. You've got your good start. This time left and i just think that you know that was all we have sixty games and our guys happen to struggle in sixty games. I also think that. On top of just being you know until june tenth or so. Normally i think a lot of guys started to to really become concerned about their numbers by halfway through the season because they realized they only had twenty twenty five. Thirty games left.
"jed hoyer" Discussed on Off The Mound with Ryan Dempster
"In but we're still staying away and I still haven't move. Theo stuff out of the office next door so i'm still nice same office so on a day to day basis feels the same. But i'm excited. You know one of the best parts of this opportunity that we have a great staff and with that You know having this transition build some continuity so an idea day basis it feels the same. I'm working with the same people on the same goals Maybe when i switch offices and finally get the guitars and stuff out of their. It'll feel a little bit more more more like a promotion curious. Is this your first president of anything. I've never been the president of of anything so You know like the president of the club at school or anything off the off the field away from the field. I don't think so. I think i lost every fifth and sixth grade election. So this is. This is my first time with this. Title is kind of wild. And i'll be honest. Messed it up. Thousand times can take me a long time to get used to and speaking of offices. If you move is that was so who's going go in there. The new general manager will go and your all old office. Yeah they'll come in here. I have to figure out what exactly. I'm gonna run the search. I am going to go outside the organization to hire gm. I think finding someone with new ideas and That can bring a real different perspective. I think is very valuable But i have to three the right time to do a proper search. It's really hard to do a surge during during cova you know we talk in ill on zoom or on skype or whatever it might be and we don't get chance to To sit down face to face. I want to figure out the right time to do it. But i am excited at some point to run that surge to find someone to complement me incompetent of the rest of the really good people. We have in the office. If you don't find general manager anytime soon you could always use that office for a special assistant space to be able to put their stuff that that's always a good viable option too. I've got closet. Space all your costumes and everything so we should be good your vision as the president of the cubs you know. Obviously i feel. I mean you guys were like core skin brothers. You know you were intertwined and everything together. But now that he's gone. What is what is your vision for the club going forward. Yeah that's a great question. And i'm really proud of what we accomplished over the last. Nine years You know they make the playoffs five. The last six years is really impressive. And wherever you don't make the playoffs whenever you do make the playoffs and you don't win. People are frustrated but ultimately. That's gotta be the goal right. You take as many shots on goal as you can and if you can if you can do that eventually i think you're gonna wind up having parades and having wonderful october's and that's still. The goal is stained success to build a team that can make the playoffs year in year. Out I'm really excited. We kind of raised expectations here. So that is an expectation. But that's what we want. continue Right now we're an interesting period in the history of the team that we've made the playoffs five six years but this amazing group. That helped us to do that. Is getting toward the end of their of their service. Poc with us. We have a lot of guys have one more year or two more years of control and so as that happens. I think we're actively going to try to win the big league level but we're also going to have to be mindful of what the future looks like so there's a balance there that we always have to strike but the goals haven't changed the goals have to beat a run amazing organization. That is cutting edge with everything that we do and into scout and develop and have the best technology and to ultimately build an organization that is able to produce a playoff caliber team every single year. I think like for me. You know watching you guys in learning what goes on on this side of it on the on the baseball ops versus in between the white lines. That's what i knew. I would just marveled at how hard you guys work. The diligence you guys put in you know it never stops. It's twenty four seven three sixty five. How do we make the team better. And you alluded to it when you're answering. That question was about the expectations. How amazing has been to see that change because if you would've said ten years ago to every cub fan out there. Hey listen if you sign this petition. We're gonna win the world series but the side effect is that we're only going to win a few division titles after that we're going to make it to the we're going to go the playoffs every year but one year will use sign this. There'd be a line down. Clark street to downtown for every fan to sign that and now the expectation has changed and everybody wants winning. How excited are you to have that energy wrigley field. The owner talked about ton. That's why things were most proud of. Is that this was a lovable losers. Now this is a group that you know people could recite the playoff teams like their kids. Birthdays eighty four and eighty nine and ninety eight in. Oh three and you can't do that anymore because there's every year and i think that's what we're proud of that we've gotten past that you'll make the playoffs every ten or twelve years or so and be excited about it and now it's it's expected and that's wonderful that you want those high expectations and and i think that the ricketts family is a huge part of that with you. Know we've had significant resources. And i and. I also think that the fan base being patient with us while we Executed a plan. That was painful. We lost one hundred one games and ninety six games and had some lean seasons to build this and so the fans were patient the rick and supported it. And i think as a result we were able to run a plan process that ended up. You know Changing those expectations. You go through that process that plan and like you said eventually players get two points where years closer to free agency You try to sign guys and maybe that doesn't work out so then you have to explore different options. We just had the winter meetings recently. So much different. What was that like. Because when you don't have the person to person contact and you're doing it over zoom and you can't get that personal attention. Hey come to the sweet. We're gonna have a conversation you know how much different were the winter meetings than any other year you've ever seen. It was really hard. I mean even even yeah all joking aside like we always love up in our during games is a constant conversation about baseball. You know it whether it's you know you popping up there in the past david ross will come up there. We'd have our office staff and is so much Good ideas and good energy up. They're talking about baseball talking about ideas and our future and all those things and watching minor league games. And i miss that so much during the course of this year and i really also missed a ton. The interaction with players. This is by far the year that had at least contact with a players of any year. My career you know that we. We tried to stay away as much as we as we could. We were in tier to the players are in tier one and so now we tested every four days. They were tested. Every two days and last thing we wanted to do is put anyone at risk and so we talked to rossi every day multiple times but we really didn't get that same player interaction and that's part of what we love about the job and think part of running an organization know your players and to care about the people.
"jed hoyer" Discussed on Cubs Weekly Podcast
"But rossi's been on the game longtime he's got great feel And i think he's got a good understanding of exactly what we're trying to do. Sometimes managers are focused on the next day the next game rossi does a really good job of having feel for for the big picture so we're fortunate. We have a guy as a manager that has a chance to be a star He's already and he's only going to get better. And is good in my chair to know that we have that guy and We can be partners the other and rely on each other. And i'm excited about that jed. You're busy during the winter meetings week. Thanks so much for joining us in between all those zoom calls that you have going on so thanks again for joining us comes live. Awesome anytime guys. thank you so much. Welcome back to this edition of the cubs. Weekly podcast brought to you by wintrust. You darvish was the runner up for the cy young award but found his way to the all. Mlb first team for pitchers he was joined by. Twenty twenty cy young winners trevor. Bauer and shane bieber. As well as jacob degrom and max free to the. I team relief pitchers nick anderson and liam hendriks how about the bats salvador perez first team for catcher the infield. So you've got freddie freeman at first dj lemay view at second and their pair of padres on the left side manny machado and fernando. Tatis junior in the outfield. No surprise mike trout. Mookie betts one. Soto marcelo zuma is the i team designated hitter and with fat. We welcome back. In bruce levine. And sean marshall to talk about this all mlb team and of course you darvish. First team is sean marshall. No surprise posted swing a one day this season at one point seven. He won seven straight starts. What did you see from him. This season as it all just seemed to click. Congratulations you darvish. On making this elite team was a tough season. The protocols the empty stadiums the difference from normal nece was all there but you darvish was just terrific since the back end of two thousand and nine thousand nine. He has been on a roll way. He can manipulate the baseball control. The game navigate a lineup. And just a pure stuff you can make the ball move in so many different directions. His demeanor out there. He's calm and composed look at the numbers eight and three with a two point. Oh one he was my pick for cy young. Yes bauer was really good but man you darvish was also great. You talk about your pick for. Its cy young. You guys did have a chance to pick. We're not gonna just have the mlb out the awards writer mlb and the maui up to you guys do it too. We're not gonna let you get off of this so easy bros. Going to start with you. Give me your. Mlb up your mlb well. My team is very similar to the regular one. But i have kershaw instead of freed three. Didn't pitch the whole season. I have williams in there as well instead of anderson but all in all a great team. It's going to compete. The shortstop and third baseman or different were mirrors trai turner. Great players. i cheated. I took osuna from d. h. To the outfield. I bumped mike trout. Because oh sooner blew him away and mike trout its worst. Opie s plus season of his entire career was still a great year for normal person. But not for mike trout. I starting rotation right. I pick max freed. I love the overhand curveball. That big twelve six koerbel. So i threw him some love there for that..
"jed hoyer" Discussed on Cubs Weekly Podcast
"And the voice of the chicago cubs the one and only lancaster in bruce. I'll start with you. Because today we saw the press conference and it seemed to be the perfect move made by tom. Ricketts and really looks very good right now for the cubs because the continuity factor of having an executive who has been there for all the success and the building over the last nine years and now at the same time of fresh face somebody with his own ideas. Somebody they'll bring in his own general manager to help move this forward so i think you have the best of both worlds. i think. that's how the ricketts family looked at this. Yeah you make a good point. Bruce about continuity and i just wanna add on a personal note. Jet is so well respected throughout the industry and the fact that he went from running his own organization in san diego to come and join. Theo in chicago the fact that now he gets to head this organization nine years in waiting. It's been a great nine years. There have been some challenges along the way and some amazing successes. And i just feel very happy for him on a personal level That jed gets this opportunity to lead the organization through at least twenty twenty-five taking a look at social media absolute outpouring for jed. Hoyer you see this one. Jed hoyer deserves this asked had cubs. There's no doubt about that. Jed taking over as president of baseball operations softens the blow of the epsteins stepping down jettison full control. I trust this guy. Sure he's glad that he has your trust in last but not least in all caps appears. If he's yelling at jed hoyer is my guy so one thing we do know is so far. It's been a busy off. Season theo epstein. He resigned jedi warrier is given a new post with the chicago cubs so lent when it comes to the next domino to fall for jed. What do you think it's gonna be well with all this talk about the core and the twenty twenty one Free agency looming. The biggest question right now guys is a starting rotation now only has yu darvish kyle hendricks and probably alec mills. You've got free agents john lester. Jose king tana tyler chat would so i think the starting rotation is probably the biggest thing right now. The cubs are going to have to tackle that. That is certainly something very important. But i i believe addressing the issue of the core four and the name of kris bryant being out there and so prevalent in conversations and rumors out there it appears teams like washington the dodgers possibly to other teams of looking at bringing in a big foot third baseman He's making the most money of any of the core four out There has been some frigid times between the brian. Camp of by scott. Boris the agent and the cubs so from my perspective. I think keep your eye on the bryant situation and that happening sooner rather than later yeah moves to be made but that shouldn't be a problem for the new president of baseball operations for the chicago cubs jet hoyer. He's ready to the ground and hit the ground running. And that's going to do it for the special edition of the weekly podcast. Brought to you by wintrust. But don't forget download and subscribe the.
"jed hoyer" Discussed on WTMJ 620
"Announcement today that Matt Arnold has been elevated to team general manager David Stern's remains the president of baseball operations. He had been president, baseball operations and General manager and his title changes to just president baseball operations, and Arnold, who had been the assistant GM is the general manager. There's not a whole lot changing in terms of how the organization is functioning. Things are mostly staying the same. Got text from mentioned Sturgeon Bay, asking about Theo Epstein leaving the Cubs in which of those positions? He was that so this is a great example. So Epstein was the Cubs president baseball operations, and Jed Hoyer was the Cubs GM When Epstein left, Hoyer was promoted into the president of baseball operations. Don't. I don't know if the Cubs elevate anybody GM or if they're still going to. I need to hire somebody for that, But yeah, that's going to be so Hoyer's going to move into the president Baseball operations role. He had previously been the GM. We're gonna talk a little bit more about Theo Epstein coming up in just a few moments because I think him accident. The Cubs. There's there's a lot of Ah lot tentacles to that story, and we're going to touch on the field coming up being not just a few moments. Do you want to continue on with the media availability from earlier today with David Stern's and Matt Arnold and making this announcement And let's get into this a little bit in terms of because this is an organizational change In terms of the structure. It's not an organizational change. In terms of the actual operation. The roles are pretty much staying the same. But now the Brewers are joining much of Major League baseball in having a president, baseball operations and a GM and this is not unique to baseball. There are many MBA teams that have a president of basketball operations and then a general manager, their football teams that have a president of football operations and then a general manager. Don't know If there is really many hockey teams. I think with hockey, it's more still, the GM is the final decision maker. But across the world of sport, we're seeing that President of Operations operations role being introduced so Stearns was asked about it and really what this means for the team. They're probably a number of reasons why clubs go to the structure. I think the first this is this. These are big organizations constantly growing with different aspect. Different tentacles. Um, I think more and more organizations recognized that. Um, it's helpful to have multiple people, um, at senior leadership positions to oversee that group. On, but you're right. There are more and more organizations going to this structure and so that that leads to the potential of more and more organizations having open positions. Matt has a tremendous reputation throughout the industry, deserving we so on, and that's gonna get noticed by other clubs as it should. So in terms of decision making again, I keep saying this, not a lot of changing And the Brewers about a lot of success. Since David Stern's became the general manager, Matt Arnold, office right next door has been involved in basically every major decision. Trade Council has been involved in these decisions as well as thinking a an important point that Stern's made today was. This is not just a bunch of guys who all think the exact same way, if not group think that all these individuals who are part of the decision making process for the organization are all bringing different vantage points. Into the decision making process. If you look at the way that Matt Craig and I all approach the world of baseball and all approach Um, doing our best to lead the organization. We all come from different perspectives, and that's that's completely healthy. We all have different backgrounds. We all have different teachers in the game. We've all had different experiences in the game. And so, um, one of the reasons that I think that we've been able to have some success here On, but we do. Look at the world a little bit differently on Dwyer able T O have those discussions. Um not only among the three of us, but but among our entire Baseball operations group, trying to learn from each other and ultimately make the best of decision at the point time for the organization. So so, yeah, way certainly have areas where Um, we're coming at it from from love a different viewpoints. Um and that's that's really healthy. I think overall good for the organization. Won't be really careful in how I say this because I want to make it very, very clear. That I think Matt Arnold is incredibly deserving of being the team's general manager and has basically been functioning as the team's general manager recently, just in that set up in that in the in the organizational structure, where you have a president, baseball operations, and a general manager Matt Arnold has already been doing in the organization. What G M's in other organizations that have that same structure have been doing now. The difference is he's not the assistant GM anymore. He's the GM. So when general manager openings come open open across Major league baseball He's not going to probably interview for those jobs that he might be blocked from interviewing in those jobs, and he was asked whether or not he felt like there was a trade off there because he gets the new title. The responsibilities don't change all that much, but now not really able to go pursue general manager jobs outside of the organization. Not really. Honestly, it's it's something where it's again. It's flattering to be considered, but I really am. I wake up every day focused on on, you know, making sure we're getting back at her every day. That's that's my focus, and it really is. It's incredibly rewarding. David is such a good person. It's such a great person to work for, and gives us the freedom, toe. Theo turn over rocks and and throw some some bad ideas at him sometimes and such a great listener and collaborator across the board, and so you know, my focus here is is just a convenient of partner with him and On Do we can t o achieve our ultimate goal, which is to bring a championship here to Milwaukee. 85561616 20. That is the accurate mortgage talk and text line. If you want to get in here on the phone or on the text, you can also tweet And at Matt Paulie on air M A t t p A u l E Y on air Jerry and Oak Creek has given us call he Jerry, you're on wtmj. I don't think this our little thing is gonna make the booze any better. If you had a lot of say so, like everybody say it the way that he constructed the team last year. Was really disappointing when he led a lot of players ball because of free agency and the players that they traded from abroad and certainly did not do the job so Would arrive machine on I'll go elsewhere because if he has input like he had last year, I don't expect anything any better this year, and I don't think the Brewers air going in the right direction. What did you think about the Brewers a couple years ago when they got to Game seven of the NLCS. I said, Hey, What about if I Arnold is giving inputs? All right. When we were doing OK, if your local Let's you know what? You're right. You're right. The decisions that the Maru Brewer's made last offseason didn't work. They did not work. The best offseason decision they made last year was Jed Jerko, and he had a nice season. But he wasn't this game changing difference maker. I'm not. I'm not arguing with you with what you just said. In terms of the decisions. That they made this past year. They did not work the team clearly Miss Mike Moustakas, the team clearly, miss Yes, Monte Grande All it was different. We don't know how much that had to do with 60 game season. How much you just had to do with baseball, but the moves did not work. But Jerry, what I'm trying to get out of you is to be fair, and I always try to be very fair. To be fair. If you're going to be critical about the decisions that were made this past year, I think the fair assessment is to also be very complimentary about the decisions that have worked. He was part of the Lorenzo Cain signing. He was part of the Christian Yeah, let's trade He was part of bringing in Yasmani Grandal. He was part of those incredibly good decisions. That made this team good, and I don't think it's fair on your standpoint, when you will on Lee criticize him for organizational decisions that did not work out and you will not praise him for the many, many, many organizational decisions that have worked during the David Stern Zahra. I'll give you that map, but here's the thing when they were at the point where they could have gone when they were close to getting into the world seriously. I just don't understand why they're in what I understand that everybody's got a budget, but they certainly went the wrong direction from where they are. Jerry. I appreciate the phone call and to Jerry's point to get May I I wish well, for lots of reasons..
"jed hoyer" Discussed on WFAN Sports Radio_FM
"I don't have a vested rooting interest in most games or most championships. I almost always default to I want to see that city or that fan base delivered a championship. That's what I get A charge out of I get a charge out of the Cleveland Cavaliers Finally delivering a title I get a charge of the D C. Finally getting a capital Stanley Cup or a Nationals World Series. You get a kick out of long suffering fan bases like the Cubs. Finally getting theirs. But in 2016, I didn't feel that way because I felt like the Cubs had slapped it together so quickly. They were so bad and then all of a sudden, so good They were gonna win so many championships anyway. I said, Give us one of the Indians. I was reading the hard for the Indians, the Indians, they had their own street 1948. The Indian said to close losses 95 97 in the world, Syriza and some bad playoff losses as well. Yes, I am all in the Indians, and they were up 31 of that series. Of course they lost. It came seven extra innings. The rain comes all of that. But I said Look Cubs were gonna be here. The Cubs have all these young stars Chris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo and Hobby bias and all these guys And they just slapped it together. You know, it's like Theo took it over and within three years they had the best young team and a championship team and they're going to be here for a while. And they never got back there. 2016 they win the World Series. 2017 2018 2019 2020. It's a pretty steady decline. And now the Cubs were a bit at a crossroads where feel leaves. And while they've been in the playoffs Jed Hoyer takes over situation where How many of these guys do you re up? How many of these guys you have to turn away from? Are they now? Kind of an intermediary team where they're good, but not great. What would it take to be great again? And so well. The big picture is that Theo Slade two dragons, and now he's gone. He doesn't necessarily leave the Cubs in a great situation. And ultimately, maybe that doesn't matter. As I've said all I care about this hanging the banner getting that parade and Cubs fans got it. Watching Cubs fans remote. Was so cool. It really was. It was so cool because I could only imagine going 108 years and going. I'll never see this because I will die because my grandfather and grandmother died and my father and mother died and my great grandfather grandmother died and everybody died before seeing a world Series. I'm certainly not going to see one. I could understand that vibe. So to see that was awesome. It was totally totally awesome. No wonder it feels also leaving now because he knows that you know, it's like Camelot's over. That's it. You can't go back there. And it's not a great situation right now. It's it's fine. It's not a great one. So he says he's going to take a year off. He's not going to be a general manager next year. Man. You look at a situation like the Mets were. Steve Cohen is worth $15 billion and could waive whatever the check is to Theo Epstein and say Whatever you want, I will pay you to be the GM. Now you deliver our championship because that's what you've done. First the Bambino. First the Billy Goat. We've got the curse of Kevin McReynolds. You deliver this championship? We'll say we'll see if Theo just jumped into a different situation or does take time off. If he takes a full year off that it is a little bit more authentic than he wanted to get away from baseball for a little bit. He takes other job within the next couple of weeks. You know, he just becomes another hired gun. Just another mercenary. Just okay. Where's the check? I'm going to go break this streak as well. Gonna break this curse, which is kind of crazy is like a ghostbuster. Where's your ghost? I afraid of no ghosts. I'm gonna come and I'm going to deliver the championship. Don't know what feels next spot is, but he's still young. I have to imagine he works again. He's a GM again. Supposedly he wants maybe a piece of ownership somewhere. You'd probably get it. He's built up that cachet. But interestingly, Mariah's at this point in time, he doesn't leave the Cubs. Great situation. He doesn't leave them a great memory. Yeah, And I would have such mixed emotions about this If I was a cub fan, and to your point about not wanting to see that second deal and maybe the culture and the money problems in Chicago and everything that went on with it. I'm leaving Boston enough to me was a shock after you exercise that ghost when you exercise the Cubs ghost, I mean, That is such a major deal, and I met when Joe Maddon left just last year. It was kind of like, OK, well, mad, at least as a coach similar to what? We've talked about that horrible where maybe your act runs thin. There's no reason why Theo Epstein shouldn't have been running the Cubs for the next 30 years and no matter what he did, and no matter the challenges that were presented. He's just looked at. As we waited generations for this. You delivered it. You get to leave when you want to leave, and I guess he is leaving when he wants to leave. But the idea that he Guess didn't find the satisfaction in that either. Or the Cubs have these money from the whole thing is just so confusing to me once Theo Epstein and already double Boston Now did. It was Chicago. I just always assumed Theo Epstein would be there for the next 30 years and him leaving I I'm always gonna be grateful from a cub fan towards it. I have to feel kind of jilted now. Madden now you what's next? And doesn't even matter. If I guess it does matter, cause those Cubs fans of passionate but now that you've won that one ring, you know, are you that hungry for the second? Is the hunger still there? It feels like it's just a confusing mess in Chicago. Well, it feels as though Theo took a job to go check a box. Check the box and now is done. And in some ways every cub's family have signed up for that when he took the job. Hey, if he delivers a world Series, do you mind if he leaves after six years? They say No. Hell, no. Who cares? So the thing in Boston was a little different because Theo started to get He started to get really strangled by the ownership. The ownership there wanted the credit for the winning and Theo just He didn't like it. They were hard to deal with. Look, John Henry, Larry Lucchino. All those guys. Larry Lucchino specifically is a difficult guy to work with. He's got a huge eagle. All those guys have Tom Warner huge egos. He just didn't like that because they thought the deal was the Golden boy and that they would get the criticism when they lost that they will get the credit when they won. So that's why I feel law left Boston in Chicago. I don't get that sense. I don't think it's it's an anti ownership deal here. I think it's just that his heart was never in being a Cubs executive. It was slaying the dragon. That was the challenge. And he did it. And he's left them better certainly off than they were. He went to three consecutive NLCS is he won the world Syriza's the last three years. You know, it's been a steady decline. They've lost the wild card a couple of years, and they missed the playoffs two years ago, so the way that he believes it is not great right now. But I think that's the weird part about Theo. Wherever he goes from now on, is going to feel like he just did. Chicago. I'm going for the challenge. And as soon as I get the challenge a matter here to do something else Which if he delivers it, I guess you don't care. I mean, certainly is a Mets fan If he came to the match and delivered.
"jed hoyer" Discussed on Scoops with Danny Mac
"I rob fisher. Joins us on the chris rabies show and was planning on talking about a variety of things with fish. But we got some news in the last couple of hours that theo epstein is stepping down from the chicago cubs. He sent a letter to the cubs organization to announce That he is going to step down as the president of baseball operations. Jed hoyer cubs. Gm will be succeeding him. And i think some interesting big picture angles to look at as it comes to theo and the cubs and leadership in sports fish. Going on man you are not. You don't have any announcements about stepping down from anywhere effective today. Do you know in fact. I can't wait to start working again. It's weird been weird. Eight eight months Of course for everybody but it'll be nice let the nba gets cooking again. Yeah it's fun to get some big sports news Here it's you know now that the games are just down to college football in the national football league. Although it's great having college football now playing on tuesdays and wednesdays so you do get something every single night. That's great but now to get some baseball news out some action no doubt about it got some baseball news. A lot of nba news already leading up to the draft into free agency so Yeah it's a pretty active time. Camp starts on december first The season starts december twenty second. The is wednesday night free agencies friday. I mean it's it it. It scares me. Chris because you know when the nba decided to go in the bubble and everyone wondered. Why are they waiting so long to start their games. They made their decision. They're coming back. Why are they waiting so long. Because they waited like a month and a half before even starting their camps and everyone wondered why they waited and my answer was very simple. It's because there are so many unknowns and during this time of covid when it comes to sports you know one question you can answer but it leads to another three questions in the nba wanted to have all their ducks in a row and is dotted t.'s crossed and and they did a wonderful job..
"jed hoyer" Discussed on The Darren Smith Show
"Abraham. Lincoln that he's got a brain works like a piece of steel that of hard to get things in there, but once you at Chit, it's in there forever and like just sort of stuck with me, and I thought San Diego cubs draft. That's where we were today. Anyway, not the most important thing I mentioned couple of things updated through the world of sports and yesterday very very late in the show and I want to say. Thank you to Joe Harper. WHO's the CEO of the DEL? Mar? Thoroughbred Club for being available to US last night on Kogo to explain a little bit as to what happened with the track because the track and you think will fans. They're putting themselves in a position where they'll be successful. Fifteen jockeys tested positive now Joe Harper certainly made it clear. Made it clear that it was his opinion and his analysis that went on here. Is these jockey's because they're not only racing at Del Mar? The racing at other tracks that they were not using safety protocols in another track. Then they get to del. Mar They test them all on Tuesday fifteen jockeys does positive joe. Harper said that they had already drawn the jocks for the races this weekend and they were entire races where every single jockey that was scheduled to run in the race over the weekend was positive, so they had to cancel Friday Saturday Sunday they think things will be back to normal next week. Next Friday Saturday Sunday. Sunday and there's no fans and there's No del Margaritas, and there's no hats, so for a lot of people. There is no track, and I, get that, but if you're a horse racing AFICIONADO, their handle was up. There was a lot of betting. There was a lot of off track betting, so things had gone pretty well for them very very early on. So that's number one. Thank you to Joe Harper. Del Mar thoroughbred club and Craig data for helping make that interview happened last night, but that was an amazing thing. Really fifteen and that's on top of two who already tested positive so now we're at. Seventeen Which is just? It's mind boggling. Sorry, they house, anyone, place or not. Mostly. You know they'll rent their own places. Things like that. It's not a bubble situation, but they were running at Los. Alamos and I guess the way. Joe Harper suggested last night, they were not requiring that they do masks and physical distancing at another track. Because you're only racing here to three days, so if you're a Jock, you're only getting paid based on when you run, so you're gonNA. Go find another track for earlier in the week. ETC, so when they did the testing. The good news is the testing. The testing. Worked in the situation. The bad news is the result of the working testing. was that the had the completely closed sport this weekend here in San Diego on the flip side of it and. I'm sure was relief for San Diego loyal that their players who flew to salt. Lake City to go play a match this past weekend. Batman airport airplane. They don't fly charter their. You know. They had the fly on a commercial plane. Go through an airport. Go through the terminal. Sit on the flight. Stay in a hotel, zero positive tests for San Diego loyal. That's the good news. Bad News. Good News as we said, let's rougher the track. You hate to see it. Good news for San Diego. Loyal at least jazz. We sit here on this Thursday afternoon just before one o'clock, and we're getting set to talk to their manager coming up in our next segment Landon Donovan. They passed across the board so a bit of a relief for for anybody because we're going to do this a lot with baseball when they start traveling to, it's all good nanny. When you're in your your home facility, your home area that comfort.
"jed hoyer" Discussed on The Darren Smith Show
"But yeah I think that you know. The challenges are not over. I think we've tested in. We've we've had a number of test so far, but. Ultimately. I'm almost wary of being complementary complimentary of how see positives that are because of the kind of thing you have to stay vigilant on you can't. Let your guard down and feel like well, we we've got this I think once you feel that way you know bad things are going to happen, and the other thing is I think that there's GonNa be some mental challenges when when the first team or to goes through what is probably? Inevitable situation where you have guys test positive. And then there was team. Mates are to have to reexamine their commitment so I think there's a number of hurdles. I think we can do as I as an industry. You know preach you know you know safe behaviors and try to keep everyone doing the right things. Because the fewer guys locked out the better and the more we can make these you know, keep the the best players you know all the players on the field and make sure that these teams are representative the better think far been great, but you know obviously you have a lot of hurdles us. Hey last thing. that. The draft was SORTA Araf. Everybody's radar here. Especially, the compressed version of the draft. But you guys plucked a kid out of San Diego didn't Ya and some things like death taxes and the cubs figuring out a way to take a road trip to southern California to find a player to take the draft. You, know, listen. San Diego has been It's always been good, but our first round pick was actually a kid that we took Kept from the south side of Chicago it was Oh see from Chicago. Yeah can we took a kid named Eddy Howard from the. South side he was on the the Little League team that lost in the final. And just a great kid. can really play shortstop and You know. It worked out great because he was absolutely the You know the highest guy and our board. When when his election came up, we were hoping he would fall to us and You know there was a it was a nice lad bonus, and it's a nice story that we don't have a lot of first round picks coming out of Illinois but Ed with a clear first rounder and we're. We're excited to data. Bad Job Outta me for some reason I thought you guys took another player out. Of San Diego I thought. That stood out to me from the draft, but I guess I screwed that up, we have maybe it was tops fifth year not this year so. Remember the when you talk cable is the kitchen table I was doing wealth. You guys? Glad you guys have been able to Find something to talk about in this in this. Moment of so little for you guys. You guys deserve the fact that. You know the you know NBA MLB. You'll be going soon. You got your golf soccer. Which I know is what you really care about and I'm glad..
"jed hoyer" Discussed on The Darren Smith Show
"Which at that was a little bit strange? So a couple of the things that you just said there one on the anthem? Because I think this might be the last tweet that I saw before i. Okay. And my thought on it, and mostly confirmed through the club today was that this is a rhythm sport and baseball is you've heard this mostly. In terms of hitting is rhythm. Pitching is disrupting them, and they want these guys. That's why the star time even last night was six. Six ten again tonight, because this is going to be playing the majority of their games, so they WANNA. Get these baseball players in a short amount of time. They want to get them back into a into a rhythm quickly because things are happening, right plus get used to the lighting the shadows exactly so they want them to absorb it all and see what it looks like and see what the lights in the shadows looked like and part of that is going to be the anthem protocols. Now what this tells you is! They are playing the anthem in twenty. If questions about that. Can have an empty ballpark with no fans so you playing it for the player playing playing it for the I guess the League has said that they are going to be playing the anthem, so they're going to be playing the anthem, so they figured it an intra squad game. Why not get these guys out there and figure out where it is so that we don't have any sort of clumsiness when it's for real and eight days and I think that that makes a lot of sense. Associated with so because I saw the same thing you did. I say why are they doing this? I don't really understand. Because they wanted to simulate, and this is what it is. It's an intra squad simulate. Want to simulate what it's going to be like next Friday night, and I think it's actually pretty smart. When you hear, it explained then you could say it's eyewash. You could say it's being done for show, but whatever it I think it's smart. Get these guys. Baseball players are just their rhythm. They drive the same way to work. They show. Show up at the same time they do the same things and everything now is completely upside down in their world, so they're just trying to establish some sort of rhythm for these guys, when for when the game starts for China because it's not the same as far as getting the exact same time they having that pattern. This is when you get there and you shower and you work out. Then do this and you, do you. The strength. Room get some treatment. Whatever else it's not the same. It's completely different. They want you to spend. As little time with the ballpark is possible at the players. The media everybody so that that whole routine has been completely disrupted, but I get that win. The game starts. This is the rhythm anthem. Go Time Games over. Get Out of here. We're you're supposed we're supposed to say. What are you going to do in between like? Let's think of some of the silly stuff now. That sounds really really silly think of it. It now because we really want to think about it. SORTA game season. Where were expected to go immediately out of the gate were expected to start performing. We don't have the luxury of one sixty two, so that's some of the thought process there as I understood it which I I can. I can appreciate now some of the other stuff. What did it sound like inside of the the Ballpark for those of us that weren't streaming..
"jed hoyer" Discussed on The Darren Smith Show
"Available on it, let us say the general manager of the Chicago cubs, who, once upon a time used to be a weekly feature on this radio program. We do miss those days. He's Jed Hoyer. We are happy to catch up with them Jed. Thank you very much for the time during Smith. How are you my friend? I'm doing great how you doing. Hanging in we are broadcasting from my kitchen table. So this is this is our normal. Now that we are not in an actual radio studio, we are going on I think eighteen weeks broadcasting from my house mostly every once in a while, we go over to Pacific Beach, and we go to Marty's house. What the differences between your place in plays..
"jed hoyer" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"And now we need to get them to do it at the same time in terms of we're talking to jed Hoyer cubs general manager on the eve of cubs convention in terms of Kyle swore. There's this narrative out there. He's underwhelming guy from since the World Series and he had the knee injury. The fact of the matter is by my math, correct me if I'm wrong he was forty fourth in baseball in Opie at eight twenty three top forty four offensive players in the game in PS. Where are you guys on Schwarzer? What he did in eighteen what he is expected projected to do in nineteen. Yeah. No. We're excited about him. I love the fact that you improve your defense in two thousand eighteen I thought that was a big step forward. I think offensively obviously, there's work to be done. And there's consistency to be gained. But I still think he has exceptional upside as a hitter. I mean, we all know where the power is. And I still think that there is a, you know. A higher batting average higher on base percentage hitter in there, and that's gonna come out. And I think his best I think in past years ahead of him from offensive standpoint. I do think that would with a bunch of our guys I think sometimes we I'm guilty to we forget a lot of these guys didn't spend much time in the minor leagues. You know because they were playing so well in the minors because we're winning in needed help in the in the big leagues. Some of these guys didn't spend a ton of time in the minor leagues. I think that we all made some assumptions that. Okay. Yeah. Once they've won the World Series. And once they've done certain things that their development almost done. You know, they're they're they're established big leaguers. And I think what we learned last year with you know, that's not the case. I think we saw some of our our guys that have had success. We saw some of those guys you're struggling, and you realize that the development part is not over. And I think when it comes to Kyle. I don't think it's development has a hitter is done by any stretch. I think he's going to continue to get better. You know, one of the things we talked about last. You're live near the player. The player amongst our young group that had the most plate appearances with hobby hobby because of his defense was able to get in the lineup a ton and was able to learn you learn a lot by playing and I think hobby you had more play play. The parents isn't that group? I don't think it's a total accident that he was the one that broke out last year. And hopefully, some of the other guys fall in that same trend in terms of the Joe Madden situation. And we talked to Tom about this as well. Now, if I said to most people, hey, your manager averaged over ninety wins he snapped one hundred eight year streak or he was part of it, and he's gone to three and LCS's. He's been in the postseason every year, and he's going into his lame duck gear most would say, wow, I I guess he'd get a big extension. That hasn't been the case. Can you all pine on that now that we're here in mid-january of where things are the relationship between youth? Theo and Joe. Well, I don't think anything has changed since the beginning of the off season when we asked the same question. You know, I think that wasn't Josie in here today. We're we're great with Joe we talked him on the phone all the time. And I think the biggest focus is on getting things right in two thousand nineteen. I think we we all feel a sense of responsibility for the fact that we sort of fell a game shorts or even tonight. I hit short last year of what we wanted to do. And I think that that you know, that's we're focused on. I think that you know, there's a there's a sense of you always have to, you know, you're always saying well ahead of the context, and we just felt like after after the way two thousand eighteen ended. Now we wanted to solely focus on on getting things. Right. And Joe's been even awesome. All winter. He's been you know, I think after the initial disappointment about Tober that we all had I think that you know, his level of rejuvenation has been terrific Hobie be leading these. Meetings today with the coaches, and he's been bouncing ideas off awesome and super excited and. Yeah. I didn't think that you know, this is a kind of issue that people can ask about every every day all spring every every time we win three in a row or lose three in a row was going to say the same thing. Which is we're focused on nineteen Joe's and a great place. We have a great relationship, and is not something we're gonna you know, we're not gonna let it distract us. We're just gonna go forward. And and really, you know, we've had a ton of success with Joe for four years, and hopefully, we're adding a fifth year to that as well in terms of and you knew this was coming Addison. Russell you guys have said, hey, we want to be part of the solution. I had a long talk with THEO about it. And he said look we want to help not only him, but Melissa his ex wife. We wanna be part of the solution as this process has gone on. And I know he's going to meet the media at some point. How do you feel like the treatment or the solution that you guys have provided is going and do you understand the criticism that some give you? Yeah. I think I think first of all I think we we totally understand that we made a decision to tender him. You know, we know that we knew that it would be unpopular in some ways. I think that people have a visceral reaction you to reading about what happened. And so do we I think we have that same reaction and the more that we? You know, work, and and talk to the experts, and and look through it, and I can assure you that the amount of time we spent on this was was considerable who felt like having a conditional and bold and underline conditional. Second chance was the right thing to do. And then it was the the thing that was recommended by experts. And that was ultimately like where we where we decided to go. But I think the most important thing in this whole process is is focusing on Melissa. She's a she's a victim. We want to make sure that we provide resources to her that we that we help her that were in contact with her. And we wanna make sure that Addison. You really continues to live up to his end of the bargain as far as improving his life. And and and really making some some significant changes. And I think speculating or even updating on where he is it doesn't seem appropriate. You know, I think this is a process, and you know, I think that I know he's working hard at it. I know he's he's been diligent. But I think updating it doesn't make a lot census is up. You know, well sort of. In time. We'll do that. But I can assure you he's he's working at it. And I assure you that the organization has been talking to Lisa and in contact with her a lot and try to provide the resources because ultimately like I said Addison's not the victim here. She's she's a victim. And she's the one that we need to focus on when it comes to to help. And I guess I would like I said underscore. This is a conditional second chances conditional on him really making meaningful changes before I let you go and I greatly. Appreciate your time. Last couple things. There's a reporter who this is what he wrote. He covers the New York Mets. He said cubs president. Theo Epstein did not want to fire chili Davis. According to multiple sources who told us he had no choice, but to give to the wishes of at least a few of his star hitters most. Notably Chris Brian Anthony Rizzo. He's not happy about it. He thinks it was the players couldn't connected complained about chilly. Chilly came out and said. Said publicly I don't connect with these millennial types. And then Joel Madden said I'm gonna get millennials for dummies. How do you respond to all that? And how do you feel like you? In theory are better equipped to connect with millennials. No. I think it's a great question. You know, first of all existed chilly part. I think Chile is an excellent hitting coach I would never put it on. You know, a couple of people. I think that you know after meeting with every single hitter at the end of the year. Ultimately, we felt like. We should bring in someone that we thought connect better with them. That is not a knock on Chile. That was how we felt like I said, I think that, you know, not every hitting coaches is perfect for every group. But I'm so happy landed on his feet with the Mets. Could I do think he's an excellent hitting coach? I think I think it's a challenge. I think this is this is probably just a story to play out with every set of generations. Right. That you're you're going to have an older group who's not going to necessarily understand the younger group. And I think you have you know, a a series. I said a coach's with exceptional wisdom, and they want to figure out how to share that wisdom how to teach. And I think it's important that we, you know, there's no point in criticizing the way a certain generations takes an information. There's no point in criticizing the way, they learn. It's our job and the coach's job to adapt to them. And and I think that that's probably an age-old friction between two generations. And I I just think it's always on the older generation to adjust to the way the younger generation's taking information and learning and we have to do that. And we're doing a lot of things to try to stay current on that, and I think it is it is important, but it, but like I said, I don't think this is unique to millennials. I think that you know, I'm sure that people in the sixties and seventies and eighties were saying the exact same thing about the generation coming up. And so like I said it's on it's on me on the it's on Joe is on the coaches we have to connect with the players. It's not it's not it's not their job to figure out a Keiler Murray is now he. I know he was drafted. And he had said, Nah, I might go to the NFL and there are varying. Opinions. Dion Sanders came out to pick up the baseball bat. Never looked back. Chris singleton? A former player said go to the NFL Tom Ricketts doctors today said I talked about this at dinner last night with my kids. What would you do if you're in that situation is it a bad trend? If he says two major league baseball me. I know I was a first round pick. But I guess what I'm going to the NFL. Baseball's out is that a concerning thing for you. Well, I think. I think it's unique in this situation because he's a quarterback quarterbacks. Make a ton of money quarterbacks are in commercials, and they're the they're the guy and they're protected and a lot of ways by the rules. So I think this is a unique situation. I think that if it was almost any other position, I would think I personally, I think from a life standpoint and a money standpoint, I would think it would be a no brainer. You know, if the quantum Barclay taking a name out had been in the same situation that is no a no brainer to go play baseball as opposed to being a running back. I think the fact that he's a quarterback. I do think adds a layer that I understand his desire to be the guy, you know, in in, you know, NFL quarterback those guys, you know, they do they make a lot of money and they're protected so I get that on a on a bigger global thing. I just think it's really important that we convinced the best athletes. To play baseball. Baseball more exciting with great athletes. I I would love to see Cala Murray play baseball. I hope that it works out with him in the as because I think it's good for the industry. And I think that when there are future athletes. Kyla Marie I hope that they they play baseball. And I think that we should do things within our within our CBA to encourage athletes like that to play baseball and having all these limits on spending. And I think that that does inhibit getting that to sport starts to play baseball. And that's something that we've talked about and GM meetings at nauseam is these limits our ability to recruit a kid. That's that's looking at a football scholarship comes in LSU or Michigan or whatever it might be like like, we have a hard time competing against that. So we should have, you know, the one hammer that we have or to hammer her we have the health issue was this real. And then we have the we should have the financial hammer, and we you know, we've sort of. Limited our ability ability to do that..
"jed hoyer" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"Looking spry good had his best Secta me last week. Anyway. Jed Hoyer kind enough to give us time on the eve of cubs convention, jed you guys have been exceptionally quiet your front office in terms of media appearances. So thank you for taking time for us. Give us your thoughts on where the whole industry is right now because we haven't seen a lot of moves. Yeah. It's been slow. And you know, it's interesting. I feel like this has been one of the busiest off seasons. We've we've had this from a work standpoint that the amount of stuff we've done kind of behind the scenes has been considerable, but that's probably the whole industry. And I think that it is quiet things are really slow from from a free agent standpoint. This is the second year a role, we're having this conversation. And I really hope it changes this trend. I don't think it's enjoyable for for anyone not for fans not for not for us now for the players. It would be great. If things move back to. You know, guys signing late November in December. And then, you know, teams had a better sense of what they were gonna look like going into January. But that's not the case. There's no point complaining about it do sort of the reality of this sort of a new market, and it's real slow guys are taking a lot of time. And I feel like November has almost become this month where no one signs December is slow. And then everything kind of move back a full month, if not more in the nature of it. You can't complain got to deal with it. But it is it is an enjoyable. I hope that in time we get back to actually signing guys in November. So if I said to you that I'm the new Commissioner of baseball, and guess what? Let your front office. No, I've just imposed the new rule players can sign the day free agency starts until Christmas day. And then there can be no signings until the day. They report the spring training. Would you support something like that where we're going to make sure we owned? December on the winter meetings. Otherwise, you guys are gonna be sitting home, no deals. No trades. No, nothing in the month of January. Yeah. You know, we've actually talked about that a lot, you know, just conceptually what it would look like if there was a signing deadline realistically, I don't think that's ever going to happen. But I mean, if if it was on the table, I would support it, you know, the way I look at it is you spend a lot of time in the fall getting ready for the off season. You've got a pretty good sense of the roadmap that you wanna you want to enact once the off season starts, and so you know, it used to be right away at the GM meetings. You would be actively meeting with agents to sign players, and then you'd set up your meetings with those players before thanksgiving and. You know, somehow, someway, we got away from that. Where? Teams are being players really late November has become a planning month. So yeah, I would support something that moves the calendar forward. You know, one of the challenges the fans don't see that. I think has really been a big topic. Among club executive is is that as a for offices have gotten bigger. It just means there's more turnover. And so I feel like we do a lot more hiring of employees. So that, you know, November for almost every team this year turned into a hiring month where you spend, you know, day after day interviewing employees, these are really important jobs and really important hires than so you want to give that your attention. That's not the stuff that you know, makes headlines and other stuff that fans talk about nor should they. But I think the nature of this new the size of these offices have grown really exponentially. And so with that more turnover and with that as more hiring. And so that's something that's taken over the early part of of the offseason. So I had your boss Tom Ricketts on. He was great. He gave us about a half hour of his time this morning, and we asked everything we could think of and one of my questions to him was where did the money go for this off season? And he said look we signed guys last off season and. Whether they performed or not those are payroll obligations going forward when you guys were signing Darvish in moral and chat. Would did you realize that could affect us next winter or each year is up something unto itself? You always, you know, keep in mind. Yeah. Your future commitments and Tom's right? And and I think the payroll issue is something that you know, it's sort of an overblown and a lot of ways that we have a very big payroll. We have plenty of money to feel the great team. And we think we have a really great team. I think that when I look at Ross or is a perfect, of course, not you know, and are we trying to make improvements. Yeah. Of course, we are. But I think that we have a really good team. You know, we won ninety five games last year with a team that featured dramatically more disappointing performances, or or performance was below expectation than it did exceptional performances by by a considerable margin. And so anyway, we look at our team we've spent mostly off season really trying to focus on how do we get more out of our existing commitments? How do we get more out of our young players that didn't have the type of season they were hoping? That's been our focus. And you know, we spent that money Tom, always says, you know, you can't spend a dollar twice, and you're totally right. So you know, there's no way you can complain about having the third highest payroll in the game. We have plenty of money to be an excellent team. We think we are an excellent team. I just think that you know, handwringing over the payroll. I I don't see it. I think in some ways they should be there should be a level of gratitude for for getting our payroll as I so Joe Madden. And Jim as we're doing an event the other night. I don't know if you heard it while you're on hold or have you heard the audio where Jim read him the question about signing a particular player. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. And he said not happening impossible move on is the fact that there are these two twenty six year old free agents out there that you guys are not involved at JIMBO they're not involved. And everyone's been pretty clear who the teams are is it frustrating, the UN THEO or no. No. I understand. I mean, listen, I I'm a fan of of of other teams I understand that. There's you see great players out there a great pitchers out. There is a ton of free agent center. You know, a fan would be crazy not to want a lot of guys on their team. You know, there's no question about that. So I get it. It doesn't frustrate me at all. You know, we just know what are our budget is you know, what are our hold. And we just try to try to you know, think about that way. But that doesn't the idea that that people would want us to go after particular players will be disappointed when we don't. That's just the nature of being a fam-. They should do that. In terms of looking at your team right now. I've I've talked to three different guys who sit in similar chairs to you and other organizations, and I said, give me your thoughts on the cups. All three guys said to me, I really liked their lineup. I think Kris Bryant healthy will bounce back. And I think that team could be really good. I really liked the rotation of it's healthy that teams rotation will be as good as much a pretty much anyone in the game. I'm terrified of their bullpen. How do you answer that? Well, you know, I I think that that is probably the area we spent the most time on over the last couple of months kind of four to five trying to think through there's there's no question. I do think that the nature of bullpens. We had an excellent bullpen last year. It really was it was very good. And yet every time that you know, you do a radio interview or Acuna saying like what's wrong with the bullpen. And I just think that you unless you have you know, like the brewers bullpen last year the Yankees a couple of years ago. The royals bullpen that is locked down every single night people expect more, you know, and and that's the nature of it. Because when a bullpen Liu when bullpen failed it loses a game. And I think that you know, the fact that immoral had surgery and his health, we're we're confident he's going to be back and helping but we we have to think through that. And and the fact that some of our guys were pushed pretty hard. Here's something we're aware of on. And you know, I think I think we know that the bullpen area we need to really fortify over the next over the next few weeks one of the other things THEO who I thought was exceptionally eloquent at the end of the season press conference when he said look are offense broke it was broken at the end of the season. And we've got to figure out why you've got Anthony I oppose now as your new hitting coach. But he doesn't go out and hit the players go out and hit. Are you still looking to try and do something trade talk wise since you're not going to have the financial flexibility to add an impact bat. Is there something out there still you could do maybe a leadoff hitter? Or you feel like this lineup not the bullpen and rotation. This lineup is pretty much what you're going to see. You know, we've certainly been engaged with teams throughout the winter. So I would never rule something out and kind of back to your first question. I mean, I think the way that the off season is I think you can't look at this as mid mid January the way the way you used to. I think there's plenty of time left for things to happen. But yeah. Our focus is internal and on the guys that we have, you know, we actually have the coaching staff in your today for meetings, and that's going to be a big part of our focus is on these guys. And how do we get these these hitter to perform the way they do they have? And I think I think what group of players, you know, this is a really excellent core. We have these guys have performed in the big leagues every one of them last year. They didn't at the same time. Everyone sort of struggle at the same time when I think back to two thousand fifteen and sixteen I think about the way we look at these players, and we thought okay, you know, when we when these guys get some plate appearances under their belt. Guys, get some experience and some know how we're going to be exceptionally dangerous offense when these guys are in their prime, and we're now getting close to that. I don't see any reason why we shouldn't feel that way. I think that this is an offense that scored like eight hundred twenty seven runs in two thousand seventeen hit a ton of homers. There are some aspects of how we did it. We wanted to change. But certainly this exact same group of guys effectively led the league in scoring in two thousand seventeen and really lead the league in scoring in two thousand eighteen for half a year. And so you take you take you know, seventeen and pick eighteen the second half. I think is not a liar. And that's certainly the way we're approaching our offense. It did break. And we watched it we scored zero or one run twenty one times in the last seventy one games. And you know, we were all scratching your head watching it. But I think making widespread changes based on what happened over that over. That you know, whatever it was sixty games. And that's not how we're going to approach it. I think we're poking at that. These are the same players that you know, one two three three is the same group that individually. They've all perform well..