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Sport Senior VP of player personnel Jason McLeod leaving Cubs

08:10  23 october  2021
08:10  23 october  2021 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

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SAN DIEGO -- Cubs executive Jason McLeod has been part of building championship teams in Boston and Chicago. That has made him a big fish in the pool of potential general manager candidates. He has interviewed with the Giants and Twins in recent years, but he stayed put with the Cubs . And he was prominent on various lists of possible replacements for Dave Dombrowski as Red Sox GM. Instead, the Cubs on Wednesday announced a new role for McLeod in their front office. He will become senior vice president of player personnel . According to the announcement, McLeod will be involved in all

The Chicago Cubs have made a big move in their personnel department, promoting Jason McLeod to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel . McLeod , who until now had served as the team’s Senior VP of Amateur Scouting and Player Development, had been in charge of drafting and signing the building blocks for the team’s future, and under his guidance the team was able to secure players like Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber, as well as other players like Eloy Jiménez and Gleyber Torres. “ Jason has made immense contributions to the organization in his eight years supervising Amateur Scouting

Cubs senior vice president of player personnel Jason McLeod is departing the organization, according to Patrick Mooney of The Athletic. Mooney says that McLeod, whose contract is up at the end of the month, “declined an offer to remain with the Cubs.” McLeod may not be a household name, but he’s been an instrumental part of baseball’s recent history.

  Senior VP of player personnel Jason McLeod leaving Cubs © Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Theo Epstein was hired to be the Cubs’ president of baseball operations in October 2011, with McLeod and Jed Hoyer coming along two weeks later. The trio, who had all previously worked together in Boston, helped build the recent Cubs dynasty that broke the century-old curse with their 2016 World Series championship. The triumvirate was broken up with Epstein’s resignation a year ago. Hoyer was then promoted from general manager to take Epstein’s place as president. Although Hoyer delayed naming a replacement GM because of the pandemic, it was recently announced that it would be Carter Hawkins, who had previously been with Cleveland.

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The Cubs announced Wednesday that Jason McLeod will transition from Senior Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel . "He helped build and grow two departments that were crucial in the Cubs ' rebuild, championship and run of sustained success. As his career has evolved, Jason is prepared for new challenges at the Major League level, where his strengths in evaluation, development and culture-building will be quite impactful."

The Cubs announced Wednesday that McLeod would be taking on a new role with the organization as Senior Vice President of Player Personnel . The team says that in this new role, McLeod will be involved in all aspects of the Major League operation with particular focus on the roster construction “ Jason has made immense contributions to the organization in his eight years supervising Amateur Scouting and Player Development,” said Theo Epstein, Cubs President of Baseball Operations in a statement. “He helped build and grow two departments that were crucial in the Cubs ’ rebuild

In past years, McLeod has been frequently connected to other general manager positions in rumors but had stayed in his senior VP role with the Cubs until now.

Other coaching notes from around the league…

  • It was less than a year ago that Brian Dozier announced his retirement from playing, and now he wants to get right back into a dugout as a manager. In a conversation with Robert Murray of FanSided, Dozier discusses his ambitions and says, “Even though I don’t want to play anymore, I feel as if I have a lot more to give in the sense of managing. For me, I’ve always taken a lot of pride in being a leader on and off the field and learning from managers that I’ve had on things to do and not to do. I’ve always had a desire to manage.” Dozier goes on to discuss various topics related to managing, such as analytics and communication. He says that he has not yet talked to any teams about managing but wanted to put his intentions out in the open. Dozier is 34 years old, turning 35 in May, and would easily be the youngest manager in the league, if hired. (Rocco Baldelli and Luis Rojas were the youngest this year at 39.) However, there’s at least some recent precedent for a manager getting hired in his mid-30s. Baldelli was 37 when he was first hired. Kevin Cash was hired just before his 37th birthday. A.J. Hinch and Eric Wedge were both approaching their respective 35th birthdays when their hirings were first announced — Hinch with Arizona in 2009 and Wedge with Cleveland in 2002.
  • The Marlins are losing a couple of members of their coaching staff, per Craig Mish of the Miami Herald. Third base coach Trey Hillman and assistant hitting coach Robert Rodriguez are both leaving to pursue other opportunities. This concludes a three-year term in the organization for Hillman, who was hired before the 2019 campaign. He has some managerial experience, having been the bench boss for the Royals, as well as the NPB’s Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and the SK Wyverns of the KBO. Rodriguez previously managed the Gulf Coast League Marlins and was promoted to the big league club prior to the 2020 season.

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The # Cubs today named Jason McLeod Senior VP of Player Personnel . pic.twitter.com/o8BFlnbD4u. — Chicago Cubs (@ Cubs ) September 11, 2019. McLeod came to the Cubs ’ front office together with Jed Hoyer, back when he joined what Theo Epstein was brought in to build in late 2011. And about that, at least the Cubs get to keep McLeod ’s voice in the room, and maybe he’ll flourish further on the big league side. Maybe he just really wanted this new challenge. The Cubs have seen something of an exodus in the big league department in recent years, with top minds heading out to the Diamondbacks

McLeod , now the senior vice president of player development and amateur scouting for Chicago, has seen the draft before and after the spending regulations put in place in the last collective bargaining agreement, he has seen it from big markets and a smaller one, and he has seen it from the perspective of a perennial contender and from that of a rebuilder. Jason McLeod : Well, the biggest thing is certainly the draft pool and the bonus money that's allotted now. In Boston, we were able to be a lot more aggressive. There weren't really restrictions on what you could spend in the draft.

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