They’ve been told they’re cursed. They’ve been told they’re losers. Even random odds should give them a World Series win roughly every 30 years. But now they’re pushing 103 years and with a new owner, manager and renovations at the ball park, are the Cubs really turning it around?
They have Mike Quade. He pulled their dismal 51-74 overall record last year to an acceptable 75-87 by the end of the regular season. They’ve even reclaimed their old pitching star Kerry Woods, and the Rickett’s family has had their first full year to prepare for the upcoming season.
But is it enough? And is the Cubs’ front office tackling the real issues? Here are the top five reasons why they haven’t won yet—and this time we’re not blaming the billy goat.