In more uncomfortable but probably-for-the-best housekeeping, today the Chicago Cubs dismissed six more employees – four professional scouts, and two amateur scouts.
The two amateur scouts are Southeast Crosschecker Charlie Aliano and Rick Schroeder. As a Crosschecker, Aliano served as the top scout for his region (which, you’ll note, is an amateur hotspot), with a National Crosschecker ahead of him, and, ultimately, new Scouting Director Jaron Madison and Scouting/Player Development Chief Jason McLeod.
The four dismissed professional scouts are Tom Borque, Joe Housey, Tom Shafer and Richie Zisk. Each previously reported to the Director of Professional Scouting Joe Bohringer, who was brought in late last year with the new crew.
These changes were probably not unlike the recent dismissal of Oneri Fleita and others in the front office – the new guys in charge wanted to take a year to review performance, make connections, figure out where improvements could be made, and then plan transitions. Now those transitions are taking place, and Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod will work to bring in new scouts. I expect the ranks to, overall, be upped.