Coming Out of Left Field

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Let's welcome back Theo, our new ... er ... um?

It's been five days since the Red Sox announced Theo Epstein was returning to the team, but they have yet to say what his position would be (and apparently are going to do so via statement instead of a press conference). Like many other fans, I've been speculating on what Theo will be doing, and came up with some possibilities:

Chief custodian
Pros: Comes with its own (small) office. Allows unlimited access to all departments.
Con: Would force Epstein to clean up other people's messes.

Center fielder
Pros: Many opportunities for travel. High visibility. Would cost the Sox less than Coco Crisp.
Cons: Requires actual playing ability. Would probably not solve team's need for a leadoff hitter.

Co-CEO
Pro: Would share responsibility and decision-making authority with Larry Lucchino.
Con: Would share responsibility and decision-making authority with Larry Lucchino.

Hopefully the Sox have designed something better. If they haven't, we're in real trouble.

Update: the team finally released their announcement: Theo returns as GM, and will be the Executive Vice President to boot. No word on whether he'll still have to run things by Lucchino or whether he gets to report directly to John Henry and Tom Werner.

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Comments:
I heard that he's got his old job back. Is it a coincidence that he came back when Johnny Damon left?
 

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