theo epstein tvChicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein sat in the booth yesterday during the bottom of the fifth inning with Len and JD, and it was a fascinating listen, as it always is. Rarely does Epstein drop in some sweeping pronouncement or say something completely unexpected. Instead, there are subtle nuances about the game, from the front office perspective, that you pick up in listening to him, and sometimes it’s simply the tone with which he addresses the final spots on the roster or the makeup of the bullpen.

You can watch and listen to Epstein’s appearance below. Note that he emphasizes that the roster will change throughout the year, and, for example, even if the Cubs start with eight relievers, they could drop down to seven at some point thereafter.



I also enjoyed his discussion of the unpredictability of bullpens – something we already know to be true, but he adds in some of the specifics of why that can be. For example, if a two-pitch pitcher loses the feel just slightly for one of those two pitches, he can be sunk. The interesting thing on that one is that, from the outside, we might not easily be able to tell that’s what’s going on until much later when we review the data on individual pitches, and observe changes in the pitch mix.

Anyway, it’s a really good watch. Check it out:


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