Thursday, January 19, 2006

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Say it's so, Theo!!!

Three an a half months ago Theo Epstein left the Red Sox. And while I haven't been gnashing my teeth as much as other Red Sox fans, I admit I was a bit concerned about the long-term direction of the club.

So it's nice to say that Theo's back, baby!!!

Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Larry Lucchino and Epstein issued the following joint statement:

"As you know, we have spoken frequently during the last 10 weeks. We have engaged in healthy, spirited debates about what it will take over the long-term for the Red Sox to remain a great organization and, in fact, become a more effective organization in philosophy, approaches and ideals. Ironically, Theo's departure has brought us closer together in many respects, and, thanks to these conversations, we now enjoy the bonds of a shared vision for the organization's future that did not exist on October 31. With this vision in place, Theo will return to the Red Sox in a full-time baseball operations capacity, details of which will be announced next week."

Here's a link to the AP story as well.

David Pinto asks all the right questions:

So is he going to be somewhere between Lucchino and the co-GM's? Will he get a seven-figure salary? Are the differences smoothed over? Join us next week for another episode of As the Sox Turn.
UPDATE: For those of you who know about sabremetrics, this is pretty funny: "You had me at VORP."

posted by Dan on 01.19.06 at 09:53 PM


Thanks for the link!

posted by: David Pinto on 01.19.06 at 09:53 PM [permalink]

What it will take for the BoSox to remain a great organiztion?

Adding $75MM-$100MM in payroll should do it.

He's no Kenny Williams

posted by: Johnny Upton on 01.19.06 at 09:53 PM [permalink]

What happens to Bill James?

posted by: otey on 01.19.06 at 09:53 PM [permalink]

This is a recipe for management disaster, in my opinion. If I were one of the co-GM's, I would not like this development one bit-- who wants to be second-guessed?

posted by: Niraj on 01.19.06 at 09:53 PM [permalink]

what a welcome back-- he's about to steal Coco Crisp from my Indians for this Marte guy and Mota.
Enjoy Coco, not only does he have one of the best names in all of baseball, but he's a really solid and likeable player. tribe fans will miss him.

posted by: peter on 01.19.06 at 09:53 PM [permalink]

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