10/24 Theo in town; to be introduced Tuesday
Theo Epstein is at work at Wrigley Field, and will be introduced as the Cubs’ new president of baseball operations on Tuesday. The news conference will be held at Wrigley Field, starting at 11 a.m. CT. He went to lunch with some of the baseball operations staff Monday at Vines on Clark, a restaurant near Wrigley. Among those who accompanied Epstein were interim GM Randy Bush, player development director Oneri Fleita, and traveling secretary Jimmy Bank.
Epstein comes to the Cubs after spending the last nine years as the Red Sox GM. He took over in November 2002, and his Boston teams won two World Championships in 2004 and ’07, and reached the playoffs in six of his nine seasons at the helm.
Here’s some of the info from his bio in the 2004 Red Sox media guide:
“In his first season as senior vice president/general manager, Theo Epstein wasted little time making his mark on the Red Sox organization. While he immediately pledged to transform the Red Sox into a “scouting and player development machine,” he also set his sights on returning the franchise to the postseason.
“To that end, the youngest GM in Major League history (only 28 years 11 months at the time of his Nov. 25, 2002, appointment) quickly worked to re-shape not only the Red Sox roster, but also the personality of the team he grew up cheering from his childhood home in Brookline, just blocks away from Fenway Park.
“The end result: October baseball at Fenway Park in 2003, thanks, in large part, to one of the greatest single-season offensive outputs in Major League history. Free agent signings Bill Mueller and David Ortiz and players acquired via trade like Kevin Millar and Todd Walker were key offseason pickups targeted by Epstein and his baseball operations staff, who sought and achieved a relentless lineup. They joined other hard-nosed competitors like Trot Nixon, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield on a roster that already included All-Stars Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, Nomar Garciaparra, Johnny Damon and Derek Lowe.
“Collectively, they nurtured the ‘Cowboy Up’ attitude that defined the 2003 Red Sox. Seemingly no deficit was too large to overcome, no injury too great to battle through, no blow too staggering to keep the team down.”
Note: Only Epstein will be at the Tuesday news conference, and not the next GM, which is expected to be Jed Hoyer. Those details are still being finalized.
— Carrie Muskat