January 19, 2006

Epstein To Rejoin Red Sox: Theo Epstein and Red Sox management issued a joint statement Thursday saying he will return to the organization full-time, but they did not specify his capacity except to say it will be in baseball operations.

posted by dyams to baseball at 07:15 PM - 35 comments

Thank God. Now maybe we have a chance this year.

posted by yerfatma at 07:30 PM on January 19, 2006

thank god after he fixes the gaping holes at center, short, third, and leadoff.

posted by ninjavshippo at 07:40 PM on January 19, 2006

Yeah, I know. It makes me feel like someone who knows what they're doing is back in charge.

posted by yerfatma at 07:54 PM on January 19, 2006

Good News for us members of Red Sox Nation. He'll probably be GM again. Now, he has to rebuild the team like what the Dodgers id this offseason. Only, he only has one offseason. The Dodgers had much time, but thet did it ALL in one offseason. So, Theo has to do what Colletti did. The good thing? The situation in Beantown is half as bad as what was going on in L.A. under DePodesta. Here in L.A., we went through three GMs to get to Colletti. It took us two managhgers to get to Grady.

posted by Joe88 at 08:12 PM on January 19, 2006

thank god after he fixes the gaping holes at center, short, third, and leadoff. Mike Lowell?

posted by jerseygirl at 08:24 PM on January 19, 2006

I really really doubt he's going to be GM.

posted by jerseygirl at 08:25 PM on January 19, 2006

mike lowell? .236 ba, .298 obp, .360 slg, 8 hr, 58 rbi. a freefall from his previous stats. i wouldn't be so harsh on him if he hadn't helped ruin my fantasy team, jerseygirl. it also looks worse when you look at what other division rivals have at the hot corner: melvin mora, troy glaus, a-rod. not quite up to snuff.

posted by ninjavshippo at 08:29 PM on January 19, 2006

Theo is now officially the ideal GM for Manny.

posted by qbert72 at 09:17 PM on January 19, 2006

Not worried about third base. Third base isn't going to decide the division.

posted by jerseygirl at 09:28 PM on January 19, 2006

were you talking about the empire with the 208 million dollar payroll? or the one with the 123 million dollar one?

posted by ninjavshippo at 09:30 PM on January 19, 2006

3rd base will be Marte's spot by May 15th.. just my guess, nothing more. CF, uh, Otis Nixon?

posted by Lunger24 at 09:39 PM on January 19, 2006

This is so weird. Like jerseygirl, I don't think he'll be GM, or at least the One True GM. It's been hinted at before that the job has become such a huge responsibility not only in terms of baseball operations but also PR. My guess is he'll get to drop the PR crap to someone else and focus on the on-the-field product. Of course, I could be wrong. It also seems that no matter who does the PR, everyone will want to know what Theo thinks.

posted by rocketman at 09:51 PM on January 19, 2006

he probally just wanted a winter to himself and didnt want to work now he has his senses back

posted by Barry-from-H-town at 10:58 PM on January 19, 2006

to the nay sayers, the red sox players will know if you dont like it here. we wll oblige and sendyou elsewhere epstein is back in the saddle manny will cave

posted by artyc at 11:02 PM on January 19, 2006

All I can says is, "very Interesting!'

posted by daddisamm at 11:12 PM on January 19, 2006

Your mom has large "wiener" "It's a shock to me and it's a shock to you Your mother's got a beard, sandals and a penis too It don't look right see, when she's walking down the street To see her ball bag jigglin' to the beat of her feet." —GLC

posted by yerfatma at 06:23 AM on January 20, 2006

Larry Lucchino: "OK, you love me?" Theo: "Yeah," Lucchino: "Say it." Theo : "I love you."

posted by mikelbyl at 07:41 AM on January 20, 2006

Not worried about third base. Third base isn't going to decide the division. Last year's division winner had the league's MVP at third base, and considering two teams ended with the same record, third base probably DID decide the division. I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'. I agree with Lunger24 -- if the Red Sox are able to hold onto Marte without dishing him to fill other holes, he will be a stud for them for a long time.

posted by BullpenPro at 08:08 AM on January 20, 2006

jgirl, u still rock.

posted by garfield at 08:27 AM on January 20, 2006

LMFAO!!!!! Good one mikelbyl

posted by grabofsky74 at 08:30 AM on January 20, 2006

Third base will be HUGE for the Red Sox, especially if they don't plug the huge hole at short. And honestly, do something with Manny already. I don't think you want that hanging around unresolved when Spring Training starts.

posted by dyams at 08:38 AM on January 20, 2006

mikelbyl, that dialogue is eternal. And good for so many occasions!

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:05 AM on January 20, 2006

BullpenPro you took the words right out of my mouth.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:15 AM on January 20, 2006

So why does Theo mean so much to the Red Sux? If you have the cash to spend, you are willing to kiss a players ass 7 ways from Sunday (like Theo will be lipping Manny Ramirez' ass), and have a basis for a good team (existing players and most of all a good minor league system) ANYONE with a little knowledge of the sport can be a successful GM....PERIOD! To prove this point...take a good look at the Atlanta Braves and the ChiSox....case closed! I'm a Yanks fan, but by no means do I think Cashman is a genius,

posted by LiveWithIt at 10:32 AM on January 20, 2006

Red Sux? I'm a Yanks fan Well piss on me and call me DeLeon Sheffield, how shocking that you're a Yankee fan.

posted by jerseygirl at 11:51 AM on January 20, 2006

Yankees? When was the last time they won a World Series? Holy crap, it feels good to say that! jerseygirl hit it right on the cranium. I'm guessing Theo will end up as "Special Consultant Dealing With Player Relations and/or Baseball Operations" or some other title that will take a business card and a half to fit on. Make no mistake, he'll probably still be running things, just not up front, so as not to make waves with Lucchino again.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:22 PM on January 20, 2006

or some other title that will take a business card and a half How about "Director of Acquisitions"? Bring in a short stop, center fielder and the Biggie. Get Roger Clemons! If he's wasting his talent doing anything else why bring him back.

posted by skydivedad at 02:46 PM on January 20, 2006

And Clarence Clemens!

posted by yerfatma at 03:21 PM on January 20, 2006

And Clarence Clemens! Beautiful call, yerfatma. Love the Big Man!

posted by dyams at 04:52 PM on January 20, 2006

short stop= Royce Clayton. Why they haven't signed him yet is beyond me but I believe Theo will be getting that done shortly. center field= ? good luck with that! Not much out there probably going to have to be a trade maybe with the O's? Clarence Clemons= The Man, the Myth, The Music :)

posted by skydivedad at 04:59 PM on January 20, 2006

Apparently, they want to trade for Coco Crisp, but the Indians want Marte. Don't see that happening.

posted by jerseygirl at 07:33 PM on January 20, 2006

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posted by Grrrlacher at 02:17 AM on January 21, 2006

Grrrlacher redeams himself with a Red Sux diss!!!! We'll just forget about all that Bears talk....the illiterate guy saw the stats and the video..THANKS FOR THE LINKS! I also saw the game Sunday!...OUCH!!!

posted by LiveWithIt at 02:29 AM on January 21, 2006

The whole Epstein issue is a bit ridiculous, but as a young guy in a high-profile spot, he definitely needs to develop a thicker skin. If he's going to run off and cry every time things get tough, he's in for a rough, rough road. Imagine the shit Brian Cashman has had to eat on a daily basis throughout his tenure with New York. True, he's given a huge, almost limitless budget to work with, but when it doesn't all come together, from start to finish, he's the one who's got the target on his chest.

posted by dyams at 07:59 AM on January 21, 2006

short stop= Royce Clayton. Yes, Royce Clayton does play shortstop. But the Red Sox want to win.

posted by rocketman at 04:22 PM on January 21, 2006

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