Theo Epstein to Chicago Cubs: 6 Reasons It's the Wrong Move for Chicago

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Theo Epstein to Chicago Cubs: 6 Reasons It's the Wrong Move for Chicago
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Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein Wednesday forsook that title in favor of a better one with the Chicago Cubs, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com and other outlets. The move marks a coup for two of baseball’s biggest and brightest brands, and for the game’s most famous intellectual wunderkind.

Epstein won the 2004 and 2007 World Series from the big chair in Boston, and he fits each of the criteria Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts enumerated at the outset of his inaugural GM search. Ricketts said he wanted an executive committed to player development. Ricketts wanted someone comfortable and adroit with objective analysis and sabermetrics. Perhaps most importantly, Ricketts said, he was looking for someone with both a positive track record and experience in a winning organization.

Epstein fits all of Ricketts’ criteria, but he does not fit the Cubs’ true needs, and bringing him aboard was the wrong move. Here are six reasons to prove that this was a bad hire.

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