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Epstein leaving? Don't worry, Red Sox

Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:31 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 11:50 pm

By Evan Brunell

The Red Sox empire was torn asunder Friday night as Boston, in a joint press release with the Chicagop Cubs, officially announced that GM Theo Epstein was resigning in Boston and signing on in Chicago.

No one could have imagined this when the year began: the Red Sox's disgraced team stumbling to the end, capping in a sullen Jonathan Papelbon departure from the mound, claiming the lives of Terry Francona, who aged 50 years in eight seasons, and boy wonder Epstein, who is hightailing it to Chicago, desperate for a challenge. The Red Sox, who had once won two rings in a four-year span and looked like a superfranchise for a while there, couldn't hold together under explosive circumstances and, and have detonated spectacularly. Beer drinking. Clubhouse problems. Conditioning issues. Then, Francona, a manager who may or may not have had ownership backing walked away, followed by the greatest architect in BoSox history. Epstein, departs for a challenge that could land him in the baseball annals for life ... if he makes good.

And yet, funny thing is, the Red Sox will be just fine.

There is rightful doom and gloom in Boston these days. This Red Sox team will be rememberd for a long time, and not in a complimentary way. But despite the beating the Red Sox have sustained this offseason, there is still plenty of light, too. For one, the ownership is still here -- the people who have poured bag of money after bag of money into the club and let the baseball people do what they do best. Their brain trust is so strong, they resisted any overtures to allow baseball operations folks to follow Epstein to Chicago. And that could have saved a serious amount of talent -- just look at who Epstein swiped instead... current Padres GM Jed Hoyer and assistant GM Josh Bynes. No, really.

That's because there's a lot to like about the new front office, which will have Ben Cherington heading the department. Mike Hazen, Craig Shipley and Amiel Sawdaye are all rising stars. When's the last time that happened in Boston? When Epstein's regime began. And these men have studied at the feet of Epstein from the ground up, and assistant GM Allard Baird has developed into a valuable confidant. They are part of a front office that has a player-development machine humming along quite nicely, and despite Epstein's rather copious free-agency missteps as of late, are still learned from one of the best in player acquisition. That's not to say that there won't be changes. Cherington is known to be more patient than Epstein, and we don't know how that might impact the team.

Whatever patience Cherington has, Boston's farm system is starting to show signs of fruit once more, after the high minors slumped the last two seasons. The prospect tree is led by third baseman Will Middlebrooks, and incumbent third baseman Kevin Youkilis can already hear Middlebrooks' stampede coming.

So, while Epstein's departure creates a huge void, the right processes are already in place to continue winning.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:48 am

Epstein leaving? Don't worry, Red Sox

tomebrady-You make some good point's, but their is no stud 3b in Pawtucket.That's why I think Boston should try & sign Aram from the Cubs to either take over for You kill us(Lowrie has had enough chance's & he either get's hurt , hit's badly, or both.), or DH if Ortiz leave's.As for Buchholz, I hope he heals over the off-season & is 100% by spring.Then he should be traded as fast as possible before his next DL stint.Many player's are only good for a year or 2 & I think Buchholz falls in that catagory.I think they should make Paplebon a starter too & either Bard can close or be replaced.Bard has been used as a set up guy in the 8th inning for Paplebon.Now it's time for him to step up & pitch the 9th inning as their closer.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:47 pm

Epstein leaving? Don't worry, Red Sox

It wasn't a knee jerk reaction to release or "let Theo" walk vy any means by the Red Sox.  The ownership didn't really get along too well with him so the writting was on the wall that he was eventually going to be let go.  I didn't think it would be this year but when his contract was up.  However this epic collapse by the Red Sox was the perfect opportunity for these two (Theo and sox) to part ways.  I wish him the best of luck and to the Cubs.  Now can we all move on from this?

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:12 pm

Epstein leaving? Don't worry, Red Sox

As long as there's plenty of beer it will be OK.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:00 pm

Epstein leaving? Don't worry, Red Sox

This is CBS Sports, not CBS Politics. This is also CBS Sports, not CBS Let's-Insult-People. Be respectful
Wow, look at some of the posts of the writers on this site and tell me they're not political or agenda driven? One who lives in a glass house shouldn't throw stones.

You tell me no writers venture into politics with their posts? In fact, virtually everyone is "politically correct." Don't preach unless you can say you're free of sin.

As for insults, that's on the moderators and posters themselves. Posters can complain. Moderators should and often do eliminate posts and suspend posters.

How about popping on and actually replying back to the posts on baseball? I rarely ever see that happen.  However, we get a lecture instead.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 6:52 pm

Epstein leaving? Don't worry, Red Sox

go back to ur illegal stolen peice of land you coward so that when iran systematically destroys zionism and the notion that jews are superior your ashes will be amongst ruins.  you are not gods chosen people so u do not have a right to squat on lands taht dont belong to you.  you are no better than any other country as a matter of your country is not really a democracy and the only reason your so called country exists is bc the us congress has been highjacked by isreali politics. americans are on to this bullshit and the end is near for you and all of those who think like you. you cant call me anti-semetic bc in all actuality im a semite myself.
 Wow, quite simply the most ignorant and historically incorrect post in history.

The Jews are God's chosen people because of their covenant with Abraham and also Moses. Jews and most Christians acknowledge that. That's steeped in the religious belief of the Judeo-Christian world. Obviously, non-believers disagree.

The above highlighted part is beyond insensitive. Have you ever studied or heard about the Holocaust? That sentence is reprehensible.

Palestine is Jewish land. They were there until AD 133 when Emperor Hadrian expelled them. It was Canaan, then Israel, then Judea. The Jews were there from 1290 BC until 133 AD. That's over 1400 years. Even when the Persians controlled it, they allowed the Jews to keep their religion. The Romans renamed it Syria-Palestine. Those are facts. Islam wasn't there until 630 AD under Mohammad then the first 4 Caliphs, then the Umayyads dynasty took over until AD 750. Then the Abbasids ruled it until the Mongols destroyed them in the 13th century. Those are the real facts.

Israel is a democracy and the only one in the Middle East. The US should support Israel because they have been our greatest ally in a  region which harbors hostility towards the US and sponsors so much terrorism.

You're rant is anti-Semitic. It doesn't matter who you are, it is. It's also ignorant and factually inaccurate.

The only Americans "on to this bs" are the radicals down on Wall Street spreading their hate under the guise of legitimate dissent. Most of those types hate America and want it to fall. They confuse "freedom of speech and assembly" with spreading hate and wanting an overthrow of the US system of capitalism. They also fail to understand they cannot interfere with others who want to work and make use of a public park. Many of those types(over 30% according to a recent poll) advocate violence to get their way. They're onto nothing, but chaos.

If Iran destroyed Israel it would be disasterous for those people, that region and the US. A lawless country steeped in Sharia law eliminating a great democracy and a nation with a great culture, history and the defenders of the Holy Land of Christians and Jews would be a disaster and a crime. The US should never let that happen. If it does, it's at our peril.

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 4:44 pm

Epstein leaving? Don't worry, Red Sox

Evan, over-dramatize much? The Red Sox' collapse didn't claim anyone's LIFE. Just a few jobs.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 4:32 pm

Epstein leaving? Don't worry, Red Sox

Hey Thumblestone why don't you offer something constructive and let us know why Epstein is a genius.  I would like to also hear your views. 

Call me whatever you like but put your view down and impress us. 

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 4:30 pm

Epstein leaving? Don't worry, Red Sox

LOL - fringe fans

I've bee in it for the long haul with the Red Sox - I don't always have to like what they do and disagree a lot - isn't that a Red Sox fan?

The comments are accurate - look them up.

Epstein came in at a great time, took advantage and is moving on - it happens.  He is nothing special.  Like I said we will see - Hoyer I like as GM instead of Theo so maybe Theo knows that he doesn't have it and hired someone that does - ever think of that Einstein?

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 4:25 pm

Epstein leaving? Don't worry, Red Sox

Almost none of this comment was accurate.  Where would CBS boards be, I guess, without the loonybin fringe fans like jaba?  Maybe then it would be a respectible place to hold discussions? Hard to imagine...  I know.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 4:10 pm

Epstein leaving? Don't worry, Red Sox


ting that this is focused on religion.

Billy Beane created the stat sheet and others are using it - so what?

Epstein did not create the World Series champions and only stumbled into what was already there. 
The Red Sox are not "Money Ball" they are I'll spend my a@@ off to try and get it....they did it twice.  Epstein signed so many bad contracts since and I don't blame him for leaving.

I guess we will see - I like Hoyer but Epstein is a fruit and always has been overrated.  We will see.
Hoyer may save his a**

BTW - he is in the National League now - it works I'm sure - but the irrelevent part of the lineup is now in focus - 7/8/9

The National League - oh so many decisions are made - what a crock of shi*  you replace the pitcher with a cold bat off the bench - stupid.
These morons that want to keep the NL the same ruin the NL game.  Pitchers don't hit (in ML Baseball) and they pitch around the 7-8 hitters to get to them - that's strategy - idiots

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