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The Quote of 2012's Cubs Convention: Epstein

I look at this as the culture shock that seemed to fly over many in Cubdom: At Theo Esptein's talk to the assemblage in the old Hilton he said the following:

"Patience at the plate will be the new rule", [ followed by] "...It's not a player's at bat, it's the team's at bat".

WOW, knowing how the Cubs have been free swingers as if teeing up the first pitch or how Cubdom has always looked at the individual and their individual AB's instead of this being a team thing, this piece of news and approach in how they (Epstein/Hoyer and their team) will evaluate those whom they acquire (release, trade or pass over) and then play.

How will this go over with the existing veterans like Soriano, or even Soto, Byrd or even Castro. My guess this will take time but looking down the system I bet BJackson, Vitters, Castillo or even Rizzo should take note that a new approach. As for the front office's approach he went on to describe it this way, dismissing the:

"old school" vs "new school" [describing it as the] "thorough and inclusive school"

alluding to a combination of human scouting and sabermetric data to make more informed decisions.

(I want to thank my father-in-law for going to his second favorite Chicago winter event, they have Chicago Symphony tickets since 1960, and recording Theo's program and then sending it to me via digitized recording.)

Most of the rest of Epstein's stuff was a repeat from his numerous statements in the media but these two really stuck out. The shock will be as this is implemented.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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