It was announced that former Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations and consultant to MLB “on-field matters,” will be joining the ownership group of the Boston Red Sox. That ownership group also owns Liverpool F.C. in the Premier League, NASCAR’s RFK Racing, and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL and are rumored to be a part of a team that is infusing the PGA Tour with $3 billion dollars worth of capital.
When you look at the list of the most important people in the history of the Chicago Cubs franchise you look at Banks, Sandberg, Jenkins, and Maddux, but more than anyone you have to look at Theo Epstein.
The Cubs had been the laughing stock of not just Major League Baseball, but of American professional sports, for over a century. They were the lovable losers who always had to wait for next year.
However, when Epstein entered the organization he had a plan to tear it down to the studs and build from scratch. Within five years he had ended a championship drought that had lasted 108.
Since leaving the Cubs, Epstein has consulted with Major League Baseball and his fingerprints are all over the pitch clock, the increase in stolen bases, the decrease in defensive shifting allowing for more balls in play, and the compensatory draft picks that come for calling up players early that go on to win Rookie of the Year.
Epstein is someone who played by the rules that existed, recognized they were flawed after finding loopholes to be successful, and then worked to close those loopholes for the betterment of the game as a consultant.
As a fan of Theo Epstein, I’m very excited for him to take this next step in what will continue to be an outstanding career.
As a fan of baseball I’m disappointed he will seemingly no longer be consulting with the league.
But most importantly, as a fan of the Chicago Cubs, I’m disappointed that he’s joining the wrong ownership group.