Theo Epstein Speaks: Timeline for Player Readiness, Supporting Black Lives Matter, Improving Cubs Diversity

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Theo Epstein Speaks: Timeline for Player Readiness, Supporting Black Lives Matter, Improving Cubs Diversity

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With baseball shut down, a pandemic raging, and widespread demonstrations about racial injustice, it was relatively easy for baseball’s leaders to avoid traditional media interviews. Statements here and there, or one-off interviews in some organizations, yeah, you might see those. But none of the normal interactions.

With the draft on tap this week, however, it has become impossible for a guy like Theo Epstein to not speak. So, today, on a conference call with Chicago media, he did. Eventually I reckon we’ll get to the draft stuff. For now, just a few notes on the two biggest items of the moment.

Epstein opened with remarks about those issues of racial injustice, and indicated the Cubs’ organization is going to be taking steps:

On a possible timeline for baseball readiness, should it ever matter, Epstein suggested only three weeks of Spring Training Part Two might be necessary, with maybe one full month needed from deal to opener:

Oh, and Ian Happ & Crew coming back to Chicago? Don’t read into it, Epstein says:


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