There’s not a lot you can take away from an ownership statement on a day like this. It is a necessary step, and it’s a fine statement, but what really will matter – as far as ownership is concerned – is what comes next for the organization. Still, I want to share the statement, because it’s true that these players have meant a lot to the Ricketts Family’s ownership period.
From Chairman Tom Ricketts:
“I want to personally thank Anthony Rizzo, Javy Báez and Kris Bryant. Together they played critical roles for one of the most successful runs in Chicago Cubs history. They each secured a place in the hearts of Cubs fans everywhere. While their days taking the field together as Cubs have come to an end, they gave us memories we will hold forever.
I also wish to acknowledge Jed and his team for making the tough decisions necessary to build the next great Cubs team.”
Here’s hoping Ricketts also reached out to the players directly, and Hoyer, as appropriate. I don’t think he deserves quite the volume of grief he gets from fans, but I do think it is fair to hold accountable the front office and ownership for how they proceed now that the roster has been turned over.