Hi there. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been directed here by Twitter, in which case you know what this is about. If not, let me fill you in. Earlier today, and with my approval, Matt Trueblood—who’s written for this site since its inception—published a piece in which he argued that the Cubs should consider not extending Theo Epstein.
This is an opinion which I disagree with. It is, as it turns out, also an opinion which many, many of you disagree with. I published it nonetheless, because I believed (and still believe) that it would generate compelling discussion. And that it did.
90 percent of the pieces we publish on this site make claims that most reasonable, intelligent baseball fans agree with. 10 percent make claims that they don’t agree with, at least not right away, because those claims challenge conventional wisdom in some way.
Some of the pieces in that 10 percent category change minds, and move baseball knowledge forward, and some don’t. This piece, as far as I can tell, didn’t change many minds. That’s on Matt, and he has to take responsibility for that.
But the decision to publish a piece that could possibly change minds? That’s on me, and I stand by it. This one didn’t land. Others will. But I will always support my writers in their attempts to widen the scope of subjects under discussion, even on occasions, like this one, where I personally disagree with their conclusions.
There’s a limit to that, of course, but I don’t think any Editor could go any other way in supporting their staff and creating a culture where ideas are shared and discussed openly.
I hope that perspective makes sense to you, our readers. We’ve loved creating this community for you, and I hope we’ve had other days, in the past, when we brought you joy and understanding. I assure you, there are more of those to come. Thank you, as always, for reading. — Rian Watt, Editor-in-Chief