Cubs’ Nico Hoerner, Keegan Thompson offer glimpse into future

Cubs president Jed Hoyer still pushed back on idea of his front office operating in rebuild mode even as he described exactly that in an effort at more “transparency” after that became a hot topic with last weekend’s self-censorship that cost the Cubs’ house-organ TV network its last pretense of credibility.

“We’ve built something really special once, and I have no doubt we’re going to build it again,” Hoyer said at one point during a lengthy back-and-forth with media.

So this is a rebuild, one writer interjected.

“I didn’t say that,” Hoyer said. “You keep labeling that. If you want to label it that, that’s your job. My job is to tell you what our plan is. And I think I’ve done that, using almost the exact same phrasing that we used last time.”

Last time.

As in 2012, ’13 and ’14 when the Cubs tanked to rebuild a roster Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer systematically gutted upon their arrival in the fall of 2011.

Fine.

Don’t call it a rebuild. Call it a “build” or a focus on building the “next great Cubs team” he mentioned again Saturday, while “trying” (hoping? crap-shooting?) to compete now.

It doesn’t hurt the effort to blunt the specific-timeline questions along the way.

If talking to Hoyer didn’t provide a lot of specifics or definitions, his team provided at least a glimpse or two of what some of that NGCT might one day resemble…

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