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The Plan
The Plan

The Plan

Epstein, Maddon, and the Audacious Blueprint for a Cubs Dynasty
By David Kaplan, Foreword by Anthony Rizzo, Introduction by Bud Selig

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304 Pages, 6 x 9

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ISBN 9781629373263

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (May 2017)

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Overview

On October 12, 2011, Theo Epstein became the new Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations, flipping a switch on the lovable-loser franchise and initiating a plan to accomplish in Chicago what he'd succeeded in as general manager of the Boston Red Sox: ending a World Series drought. It would require a complete team tear-down and turnover, a new farm system foundation of young talent which Epstein and Cubs GM Jed Hoyer gradually added to with gutsy trades and timely signings. After years of rebuilding, Epstein's crystalline vision has been unquestionably realized in the form of one of the most exciting and talented teams in baseball, led by heavyweights like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant as well as visionaries like manager Joe Maddon. In The Plan, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago and ESPN Radio goes behind the scenes with the Cubs and their front office, walking the steps of their captivating rise to becoming 2016 World Series champions. Featuring exclusive interviews with Epstein, owner Tom Ricketts, and other team insiders, this is the definitive account of a new era on the North Side.

Author Biography

David Kaplan is a three-time Emmy Award winner. He currently hosts Kap and Co. on ESPN Radio 1000, and co-hosts Sports Talk Live and the Chicago Cubs pre- and post-game shows on Comcast SportsNet. You can follow him on Twitter at @thekapman.

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The Plan:

Epstein, Maddon, and the Audacious Blueprint for a Cubs Dynasty

By David Kaplan / Foreword by Anthony Rizzo

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.676.4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions. Breaking the Cubs’ World Series drought was a moment 108 years in the making, but it took more than just (extraordinary) patience and good luck to get there.  It took years of rebuild and overhaul and getting the right people in place, like curse-breaker Theo Epstein.  

 

In The Plan: Epstein, Maddon, and the Audacious Blueprint for a Cubs Dynasty (Triumph Books, May 2017), David Kaplan of Comcast SportsNet Chicago and ESPN 1000 goes behind the scenes to find it what it took for the Cubs to ditch the Lovable Losers moniker and become champions. From the vision and determination in the front office to the all-star talent taking the field, Kaplan details every step of the process to completely transform the Chicago Cubs into a championship-caliber franchise. Highlights include:

 

  • A determined foreword by Anthony Rizzo and a heartfelt introduction by Commissioner Bud Selig
  • Exclusive interviews with Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts and other team insiders
  • How the Ricketts family came to own the Cubs and transformed the organization
  • An inside look at Theo Epstein’s management philosophy and what makes him the best in the business
  • Insight into Joe Maddon and players like Bryant, Rizzo, Schwarber and Arrieta and the key trades that built the team

 

The Plan is all about the transformation of one of the most iconic franchises in sports’ history.

After years of rebuilding, Epstein's crystalline vision has been unquestionably realized in the form of one of the most exciting and talented teams in baseball, led by heavyweight players and visionaries like manager Joe Maddon as well as a front office and owners that were willing to do everything that needed to be done to create a new era on the North Side.

 

About the Author:

David Kaplan is a three-time Emmy Award winner. He currently hosts “Kap and Co.” on ESPN Radio 1000, and hosts “Sports Talk Live” and the Chicago Cubs pre- and post-game shows on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. You can follow him on Twitter at @thekapman.

 

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