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Core with character? Cubs following Blackhawks' blueprint

Core with character? Cubs following Blackhawks' blueprint

When Cubs President Theo Epstein left an hourlong meeting with Kyle Schwarber in February 2014 at the team complex in Mesa, Ariz., he sensed something special about the Indiana catcher, who was in town for a college tournament. Epstein and Cubs senior vice president/scouting Jason McLeod already knew Schwarber could hit but never imagined him being able to connect even more powerfully with people, eye to eye. There are no sabermetrics that measure character. This, Epstein knew immediately, was the kind of guy the Cubs needed in their clubhouse. Epstein's strong first impression led to Cubs area scout Stan Zielinski, one of the organization's best, building a close enough...

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