It’s clear that the Chicago Cubs’ Theo Epstein will honor his contract–and then move on. Say it ain’t so?
The Chicago Cubs and Theo Epstein will be moving on from each other? I’m afraid that’s the case. Ten years (Next year) will be the calling card for Epstein to part ways with each other–and Bill Walsh. See here. Epstein and Walsh were compliant on one thing. Ten years and then move on.
It’s time for him to go. Whether he’s a lame-duck or not–it’s time. Can you believe it’s been ten years since he’s been here? I remember when he just signed his initial five-year deal. Now ten? Unreal how it goes that fast.
Although, it can. The COVID-19 virus. It put a halt on the season. In all, 60 games what was decided on it. The NL Central was a joke. The St. Louis Cardinals were forced to take a couple of weeks off (coronavirus). They still made it–but barely. In the end, they were all out of the playoffs in the Wild Card round (Reds, Cards, Brewers and Cubs). The Cubs got swept, and they scored one run. For Epstein, it was not good news–and he knew it.
So what do you do now? You can break it up or ‘let it ride.’ I’m sure he’ll do what is best for the team. The question is, how do you do it? Do you sell all the pieces and build for the future? Or do you sell bits of it and hold on for one more year? My answer is the latter, but that’s just my opinion.
Also, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod. What do they do? Do they keep their assigned ‘jobs,’ or do they move on? My bet is they move on with Epstein. Epstein is a pretty good leader and my wager is they stay with him.
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In the end, Epstein will be moving on after his final year of the deal. The only question is how it’s going to go. Does he ‘wreck the house’ or keep it in check? Who knows. In the end, it’s his 10th and final year with the Cubs. Make it count, Theo.