Cubs ponder future without stars

After trading away their stars, Cubs will spend October trying to find it’s identity

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Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras reacts after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Milwaukee.

Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter

From flying the “W”  looking like title contenders for years to come with a core of players in their prime or about to hit it. To rebuilding and returning back to lovable losers form only in a span of five years is not what the Cubs organization or fans expected.  

The Cubs, after winning their first World Series in over 100 years in 2016, looked like a team who were going to win more championships in the near future and the lovable losers were a thing of the past. 

After a constant lack of production in the playoffs in the years after the World Series win and missing the playoffs in 2019, the organization decided to pull the plug on chasing championships and focus on building the roster up again going into full rebuild mode. 

The Cubs took some time to reach this point by first firing Manager Joe Maddon in 2019. Maddon was the manager who led the cubs to their championship in 2016 who was let go to see if that was the difference needed to take the talent of players they had back to the championship. To no avail though, the Cubs would lose in the NL wild card series the following year. 

Coming into this year, changes were already rumored to happen with third baseman Kris Bryant already on the trade block. The Cubs would wait until the trade deadline to see if they should continue with their core group or start the rebuild and get as much as they can in return for their core players while their trade value is still high.

When the week of the trade deadline hit and the Cubs were sitting with a record of 50-53 with a very low percentage chance to make the playoffs, the answer was quite clear. It was time to start the rebuild. 

At the trade deadline, the Cubs front office decided to trade their core players to get as much as they could in return. 

Cubs would trade first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees, third baseman Kris Bryant to the Giants and shortstop Javier Baez to the Mets.These trades put that era of Cubs baseball in the past is what is next for the cubs organization.

Sitting at 67-83 with only a few games left in the season, fans will wonder how long it takes for the Cubs organization to build the team back into a contender after having a short era of success that plummeted away a lot sooner than most fans were expecting.

Cubs fans definitely don’t want to wait another 108 years to win another world series. Then again, it is all a matter of the decisions the organization makes. to see if the Cubs reach the same heights of success they reached just a few years ago once again.