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Theo Epstein says blueprint for success has yet to be established

Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein talks on his

Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein talks on his phone as he looks around the field during an NLDS practice on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Chicago. Credit: AP / Nam Y. Huh

CHICAGO -- The Mets' starting rotation is the talk of baseball these days, a shocking array of young talent that has the team up 2-0 over the Cubs in the NLCS.

So might everyone else now come to the conclusion that this is the best path to building a winner?

No so fast, Cubs president Theo Epstein said Monday after an off-day workout at Wrigley Field.

The Mets might well inspire other teams . . . as long as they win six more games and earn rings and a parade.

"The only thing I know for sure is whatever team wins the World Series their particular style of play will be completely in vogue and trumpeted from the rooftops by the media all offseason -- and in front offices -- as the way to win," he said.

"If we win the World Series it's going to be a necessity for every team to develop their own core of young, homegrown position players. If the Mets win it will be required that you have four ridiculous young starting pitchers on the same staff.

"If the Royals win you need to have speed and athleticism and contact up and down your lineup. If the Blue Jays win you need to fill your lineup with righthanded, epic mashers and make a huge trade at the deadline.

"That's the only thing I can say with certainty. This game is too nuanced and complicated to be any one way."


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