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In sabermetrics, there always seems to be an “it” guy among the general managers. These days it is Alex Anthopolous of the Toronto Blue Jays. Before that it was Andrew Friedman of the Tampa Bay Rays. A generation before it was Theo Epstein (now with the Chicago Cubs). The first of those guys was Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics. The Moneyball movie may have increased Beane’s Q rating, but his rating among the intelligencia of baseball analysts has been down for some time. The game is all about winning and that is true whether you are a hardline traditionalist or a new wave analyst. Beane hasn’t been to the playoffs in several years and really hasn’t been a factor in the AL West. While fielding isn’t the biggest concern, there has been a decline in the quality we are accustomed to seeing from his teams in recent seasons. DER: .692 (19th) RA: 679 (14th) FLD%: .979 (29th) Baseball Reference: -30 runs (26th) Fangraphs: -22.1 runs (25th) Fielding Bible: -8 runs (19th) Ba...

Theo Epstein Feels He Owes 12-Year-Old Version of Himself an Explanation on Move to Cubs

Imagine you're a 12-year-old Red Sox who has known nothing but winning his (or her) entire life. You were only 5 years old when the team won its first World Series of your lifetime and, based on everybody else's reaction, you could tell it was a big deal. You were all of 8 years old when the Red Sox won again. Imagine, for you, winning is a habit. Theo Epstein can. Epstein...

Ben Cherington's Introduction Helps Prove That He's Ready to Step In as Red Sox General Manager

For all he accomplished while with the Red Sox, Theo Epstein looked a bit awestruck when he was introduced to the Boston media contingent some nine years ago. He was young, likely quite nervous and required some choreography and a few deep breaths to get through that first question-and-answer session. When Ben Cherington was officially introduced Wednesday at Fenway Park, it was...

Ben Cherington Shows Composure at Press Conference, Should Benefit From Existing Knowledge of Red Sox Organization

Throughout all the talk surrounding Theo Epstein's decision to leave the Red Sox for the Chicago Cubs, it was only a matter of time before Ben Cherington officially took over as Boston's general manager. He was finally introduced as such at a press conference on Tuesday. Cherington's been in the organization for years, working closely alongside Epstein, but it's always...

Epstein officially a Cub but no decision on Quade

CHICAGO (AP) -- Theo Epstein was introduced Tuesday as the new president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, who hope he can work the same magic for championship-starved team as he did for the Boston Red Sox.

Transaction Analysis: One Curse Down, One to Go by Ben Lindbergh

Signed RHE (right-handed executive) Theo Epstein to a five-year contract. [10/25] When the Nationals signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year contract last winter, we were told that what they’d really done, in addition to the more mundane achievement of finding a right fielder, was “change the culture.” The most important byproduct of the move wouldn’t necessarily be Werth’s...

Francona’s departure hastened Epstein’s exit

Theo Epstein always planned to be on a 10-year plan with the Boston Red Sox, which he and some close to him assumed meant leaving the Red Sox after his 10th season as general manager when his contract was up next year – something he even discussed with his bosses when things were going well in Boston...

Theo Epstein explains himself in a long goodbye to Boston

Theo Epstein is trying hard to make sure there are no hard feelings over his leaving the Boston Red Sox. First, Epstein took out a full-page ad in Sunday's Boston Globe to thank his bosses, colleagues, and Red Sox fans. But for anyone who felt he still had some 'splainin' to do on his way out the door, Epstein accommodated those looking for answers with an editorial in...

Cherington introduced as Red Sox general manager

Ben Cherington was introduced Tuesday as the general manager of the Boston Red Sox after spending three seasons as Theo Epstein's assistant.

Cherington takes over as new GM of the Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) -- Ben Cherington was introduced Tuesday as the general manager of the Boston Red Sox after spending three seasons as Theo Epstein's assistant.
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