Not to belabor the obvious, but when Theo Epstein finally got the band back together—introducing Jed Hoyer as the Cubs‘ new general manager at Wrigley Field yesterday and Jason McLeod as head of scouting and player development—it was impossible not to be impressed with just how young they all are. Epstein and Hoyer are 37, McLeod 39. Epstein and McLeod have been in Major League Baseball since their teens and have worked 13 years together; Hoyer was a relative late arrival after pitching in college, but also worked eight years with Epstein in Boston with the Red Sox before taking McLeod with him when he became GM of the San Diego Padres two years ago. They all project confidence and certainty about what they do and how they go about it, but they aren’t polished media pros. They’re wonks, and in an era dominated by Sabermetrics and baseball statistical analysts they were among the first to prove it worked, winning the World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. For Cubs fans of a certain age, it is positively mind-blowing to think they’ve inherited (or, more accurately, seized) the seat of power previously occupied by the likes of Bob Kennedy and John Holland.