I was reading a post on Lee’s Astros and was posed with the question, If you were the new owner of the club, what would you do different? It got me thinking a bit so, I decided to post some of my ideas just for fun.
First, get Ryne Sandberg back in the organization. Not as manager just yet. I want to give Mike Quade every chance to succeed. I think a two-headed monster of Ryno and Greg Maddux would be great! Have them learn all the ins and outs of the GM job from Jim Hendry.
Next, I would bring back as many former Cubs as possible. Andre Dawson, Jody Davis, Rick Sutcliffe, Shawon Dunston and more. Have these guys work with players in the minors and the big league players too. Educate them on what it takes to win playing so many day games at Wrigley Field.
Next, I would invest in our minor leagues and player development. I would want to build a minor league system that drafts well, signs amateur free agents and produces major league players on a regular basis.
I would try to set a self-imposed limit on long term contracts. Preferably, no contracts longer than five years. I would be willing to pay players a little more per year than sign them to these long term contracts that end up biting you in the butt.
I would like to sign a few free agents initially, but my longterm goal would to be develop players and turn them into successful major league players that want to spend their entire careers with the Cubs.
I would also lower the ticket prices because you know we are going to sell out!
I would like to move our single A affiliate in Peoria, Illinois to Marion, Illinois. The Southern Illinois Miners from the independent Frontier League currently play in Marion and have a very nice and relatively new facility.
Finally, some of you may hate this idea, but I would consider moving the Cubs spring training to Florida in the Naples area. It is a whole lot easier for me to go to Florida than Arizona.