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DATELINE: HUMOR! When Ben Cherington used the word “multifactorial” during his press conference in Boston as General Manager, the truth about his elitism came gushing out. Pedants, snobs, and hoity-toity rejoiced. Class society was firmly at work in baseball on this past week. It is the age of ever-changing demographics of society when Latinos and other nationalities are climbing from poverty and lack of education to reach the heights of middle class success. Lucky and poor athletes are recruited to become rich baseball players. Baseball has two tiers, two societies, and the two highest promotions of the day were to graduates of elitist colleges and privileged young men whose careers have been helped by the Old Boy Network, still mired in the trenches of 19th century baseball tradition. Theo Epstein, son of the head of the Boston University Creative Writing Program, and grandson of the Hollywood writer Julius J. Epstein, has led a charmed life. He attended Yale and earne...

Chicago Cubs and Believing!…What a concept!!!

After being reported for two weeks, Theo Epstein was officially named the Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations. That was one of the most enjoyable sentences I have ever typed. As he has said multiple times, and as most fans know, it is an uphill battle and a long road and every other cliché or analogy you want use about it taking some time to rebuild. However, there might...

Ben Cherington’s First Red Sox Business: Beer Drinking Clubhouse?

A lot of media hullabaloo about new Chicago Cubs GM Theo Epstein (as well there should be). But what about his Boston Red Sox successor Ben Cherington? He has a ton of decisions to make and messes to sort out as well. Although he does inherit a team with a ton of talent and important pieces; unlike in Chicago. The first thing anyone wants to talk about Red Sox related is Jonathan...

Ryne Sandberg spotted in Chicago

While Mike Quade is still employed by the team, the fact that the former Cubs great was seen in Chitown recently will only increase the speculation that Ryne Sandberg might be next in line for the team's managerial gig.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer: Reunited and it Feels So Good

Not only did the Chicago Cubs smuggle Padres general manager Jed Hoyer out of San Diego, but they took his assistant with them as well. Hoyer and his assistant Jason McLeod, who will become the new senior vice president of scouting and player development for the Cubs, have been planning on making their escape from the Padres ever since Hoyer's old pal Theo Epstein left the...

Epstein on Soriano: 'There's more in there'

New Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says he has been given the authority to eat bad contracts, and that would seem to put outfielder Alfonso Soriano's status in jeopardy.

Selig may decide compensation for prez Epstein

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig expects he will have to decide what compensation the Boston Red Sox should receive for allowing general manager Theo Epstein to leave and join the Chicago Cubs.

Epstein likes Sandberg, deflects manager talk

Theo Epstein interviewed Ryne Sandberg to manage the Red Sox's Triple-A team, but the Hall of Fame second baseman instead chose to manage the Phillies' Minor League team. Would Epstein consider hiring Sandberg, 52, to replace Mike Quade as the Cubs' manager?

Quick Hits: Valverde, Wang, Cubs

Links for Thursday afternoon, before what may be the final baseball game of the 2011 season... The Tigers are expected to pick up Jose Valverde’s $9MM option for 2012 soon, according to Jon Heyman of (Twitter link). Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post hears from Alan Nero, the agent for Chien-Ming Wang, that a new deal between the right-hander and the Nationals...

Cubs have adopted the 1 percent solution

RICK TELANDER: Is Wall Street occupying the Cubs? Has the most elite of the 1 percent taken over Cubdom and thereby the health of the longest-suffering crowd in sports? At a time when the middle class is vanishing and job-hunting young people who are saddled with mammoth education and government debt are protesting...
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