The Great Chicago Hire: Why Theo Epstein to the Cubs Is a Huge Mistake

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The Great Chicago Hire: Why Theo Epstein to the Cubs Is a Huge Mistake

By now just about everyone has heard the word, the official, final, resolute word that Theo Epstein has joined the Chicago Cubs, one of the most prestigious, albeit haunted franchises in sports.

Say what you will about the curse(s), but team chairman Tom Ricketts sure seems to be confident in his decision to bring Epstein over from Boston:

"We began this search in August, and I said at that point we were looking for someone with a background in player development, someone who had a proven track record of success, someone who had a strong analytical background and someone who had experience in creating a culture of winning. It was also important to me that this person would not be someone who was content with their past successes, but someone who would build on those successes to improve themselves and improve the organization that they're with. Given these criteria that we laid out, I simply cannot imagine a better person for this job than Theo Epstein."

Lofty praise yes, but it is hard to imagine someone with a better resume than the 37-year-old wunderkind. As ESPN points out in that same article that quotes Ricketts, Epstein presided over a historic run in Boston that included two World Series championships, a .575 regular season winning percentage, a .596 winning percentage in the playoffs and numerous single-game highlights.

Still, I'm not completely sold on Epstein becoming the savior of the one franchise that knows frustration better than the Red Sox.

Here's why.


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