(670 The Score) With two difficult seasons behind his Cubs, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer is encouraged by the health of his organization as a new season begins Thursday. To that end, Hoyer recently noted the Cubs are on the “front edge of where we want to be.”
“It’s the start of a marathon, but certainly, the hope is that we’re able to compete,” Hoyer said on the Mully & Haugh Show. “The reason I say it’s sort of the front edge is that I feel really great about where we are as a team, as a group, in terms of pieces that we control long term and in terms of where we are as a minor league system, both in terms of the quality of coaches and also the quality of players we have up and down the system. I just feel like as an organization, I think we’re really healthy right now and in a really good place.”
The Cubs went 71-91 in 2021, when they began a retooling of sorts by selling veteran core members before the trade deadline, then following it up with a 74-88 campaign in 2022. After adding shortstop Dansby Swanson, right-hander Jameson Taillon, center fielder Cody Bellinger and others in free agency, the Cubs intend to compete at a high level this season – and hopefully for the NL Central crown.
That journey gets going Thursday, when the Cubs host the Brewers at Wrigley Field in their season opener. First pitch is set for 1:20 p.m. Pregame coverage starts at 12:45 p.m. on 670 The Score and can be heard on the Audacy app or by clicking here.
“Those flowers and those trees are going to start to sprout out of the ground,” Hoyer said. “I feel really great about that. I think we’re on the front edge of getting back to kind of where we were starting in 2015. Now, I think I’ve said a number of times, 2015 was unexpected and incredibly special. And I think always talking about the front edge being like 2015 is really difficult. But I do have really high hopes for the season, and I have really high hopes for the organization.”
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