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When Org Change Arrives, Living with Cubs Players, Podcasts, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Huge overnight news in Chicago sports, as the Bulls are FINALLY making a change in their front office. After 17 years of John Paxson at the top (at least the last 10 of which drove Bulls fans crazy), the Bulls are moving on to a new VP of Basketball Operations, Arturas Karnisovas (I don’t know diddly doo about the guy, but Eli is over the moon excited, so I think it’s good). I count myself as only a very recent Bulls fan, so I don’t really have the personal context to know exactly what it’s like to be THIS frustrated with a front office for THIS long and then finally there’s a change.

The closest Cubs fans have in recent memory is Jim Hendry’s firing as GM in 2011, but it was really only in the final couple years of Hendry’s nine-year tenure that the drumbeat to move on got exceptionally loud. Hendry was an old-school GM, but he was a pretty darn good one as far as those guys were in the 2000s, especially given his tiny staff. It’s just that, by the time the Ricketts Family took over in 2009, it was clear the game had shifted so much that the Cubs’ organizational style was hopelessly antiquated (and the books were now bloated by the contracts Hendry had signed when pushed by the Tribune in advance of the sale). So, when Hendry was let go, don’t get me wrong, I was very, very happy a transition was coming. But it was *mostly* about the opportunity to do a full-on front office search and revamp of the whole organization, and slightly less about being completely and utterly exasperated by Hendry, specifically. If it had been another year or two, though …

Crazy to think that the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer era has now been just a year shy of the length of Hendry’s reign. With contracts that run through 2021, it’s likely they will top Hendry’s tenure, though it’s still up in the air what happens after that.

  • The Cubs are doing the obligatory list question, and, hey, it’s something amusing to ponder and discuss:



  • (Also, though: where’s Sammy? Come on now, Cubs. You could at least include him on something like this.)
  • Michael and Luis have your ears covered if you want some Cubs talk:


  • And for Cubs fans who want some new farm system and draft talk, we had Keith Law on the podcast over at The Athletic:


  • Thank you, thank you:

  • The Greatest Leadoff Hitter of All-Time *AND* the Greatest Reliever of All-Time:

  • Was to be a big day for the South Bend Cubs, and hopefully they can still have some fun:

  • Some sad organizational news:

  • Such a unique player:

  • Some day:

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Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.