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- The Cubs bid farewell to WGN this week, the favorite television network known as the Cubs content house for the past 72 years. The Sports Network kicks off next year, but revenue streams won't provide real kickbacks for a few years for Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. The long-promised "money-filled trolley" won't arrive at Theo Epstein's baseball operations department from day one, but none of Epstein sees the new television deal affecting baseball decisions. Said Epstein, "We want to win the World Series. But it's not because of the television network. This is the goal. Not connected. There is a wall between baseball decisions and everything connected to the television network. "
- Trust is a process, and first-year picking coach Phyllis Chris Young understands that this process takes a little longer with suboptimal results, according to Matt Gelb and Megan of Athletic Montemuro (compulsory subscription). Young's job was even more difficult when the players cracked down on the dismissal of his predecessor, Rick Kranitz. The young analysts' philosophy was in step with Gabe Kapler's manager, but Fili's steels take longer to buy, partly than perceived as an inappropriate top-down approach. It was a disappointing season overall for Philadelphia players as the team regressed to levels in 2017 after taking a big step forward in 2018.