Red Sox and Cubs Finally Make Theo Epstein Move Official

Here’s what we’ve known for days and what seems like weeks. Finally both the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs made the announcement:

effective immediately, Theo Epstein has resigned from the Red Sox in order to become the new President of Baseball Operations for the Cubs. The Clubs also have reached an agreement regarding how compensation will be determined for the Red Sox. That issue should be resolved near term.

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Cubs Terminate GM Jim Hendry; What’s his Legacy Among Cub Nation?

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We knew this was coming, just a matter of when. The Chicago Cubs today officially fired General Manager Jim Hendry, naming Assistant GM Randy Bush as his interim successor. Owner Tom Ricketts issued a statement saying that the search for Hendry’s long-term replacement has already begun.

Hendry, 56, was named Vice President/General Manager on July 5, 2002 and departs as the third-longest tenured general manager in the National League. He is the GM in franchise history to oversee three post-season clubs (2003, 2007, 2008) and is the first Cubs general manager to lead the franchise to consecutive post-season berths.

Of course, that accomplishment is a little bit inflated given:

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Cubs’ Ownership Decrees Jim Hendry Will Come Back To Fix the Mess He Made

No one wants to be a giant pessimist about their team.

The Cubs are trying hard to send their fans in that direction though.

On a day where Lou Piniella said that he would be retiring after this season of managing the Chicago Cubs — and who could blame him, really? — the Ricketts’ family also announced that Jim Hendry would be retained for next season.

Now, part of me thinks that this is a stupid idea, but the other part thinks maybe this is more of a punishment for Hendry. A sort of, “If you don’t clean your room, mister, you’re going to bed without dessert!” situation.

Because THAT, my friends, is the only way this move makes any sense.

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