Chicago Sun Times Cubs beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer appeared just now on Seattle sports radio station KJR and answered questions from host Mike Gastineau about Cubs decision to fire Rudy Jaramillo and then gave an update on the fledgling months of the Theo Epstein regime. Here are some interesting comments:
- "Jaramillo wasn't going to be back any way. Jaramillo doesn't fit the philosophy of the Theo Epstein regime."
- "They want more grinder at-bats."
- "100 years of nothing and a whole lot of nothing going on this year."
- "Jason McLeod was the key guy they brought in."
- "Ownership committed to a rebuild, as long as it took them to do it from the ground up."
- "Impact prospects and impact young players with Rizzo coming up this month."
I won't even begin to say Wittenmyer speaks for the Cubs 100%, but we have to assume he has some kind of inside information, and I like a lot about what he said about the Cubs' direction. I think Wittenmyer would have had a couple more comments, especially about Soler, but poor cell coverage cut the conversation short. The host said he wanted to discuss Bryan LaHair in more detail, especially with his connection to the Seattle Mariners.