On Friday, Theo Epstein will leave the post of president of baseball operations in Chicago Cubes.
Epstein, 46, has been with the cubes for nine seasons. When he arrived, he demolished the club to restore it, and after a few lean years, the project ended with the World Series title in 2016. The Cubs had not won the championship in 108 years.
The team has announced that general manager Jed Hoyer will take over Epstein.
For the rest of my life, I will appreciate my involvement in the great organization of the Chicago Cubs during this historic period, “Epstein said in a statement. All the things that made this experience so special – the fans, the players, the managers and coaches, the property, my colleagues from the front office, the uniqueness of Wrigley’s experience, the story – make it so difficult for the little ones to leave. But I believe this is the right decision for me, even if it is difficult. And now is the right time, not a year from now.
“This winter, the organization is facing a number of decisions that have long-term consequences; these decisions are best made by someone who will be here for a longer period, not just another year. Jed has won this opportunity and is absolutely the right person to take on this baseball operation at such an important time. “
Epstein’s current contract was due to expire after the 2021 season. In October, Epstein had said that a decade of service to an organization could be enough.
Before joining the Cubs, Epstein – as general manager – overcame the 85-year drought of the Red Sox, winning titles in 2004 and 2007.
In a letter sent to friends by ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday, Epstein said: “Next summer will be my first in 30 years not working every day at a major league basketball court.”
He added that he “plans to have a third chapter one day to lead a baseball organization, although I don’t expect that to be next year.”
He seems to be crushing rumors that he may be interested in baseball with the New York Mets or the Philadelphia Phillies.