Wally Hayward: The Next John McDonough?

Posted: 28th November 2009 by Matt Trueblood in MLB
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Success follows John McDonough wherever he goes. McDonough, the current president of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, previously spent a quarter of a century as a rising executive with the Cubs. During that space of time, McDonough's revolutionary ideas changed the entire face of the Cubs' franchise. From 1983 to 2007, the North Siders had nine winning seasons, as many as they had previously compiled since 1940. They attained the post-season five times, as many as they had made since 1919.  More importantly (for the purposes of this discussion), the Cubs' public image and financial well-being saw tremendous improvement under McDonough, who worked on the business side of the franchise and so could only indirectly impact the product on the field. The annual Cubs Convention, now a fixture o ...

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