Theo Epstein is returning to Boston after being away for over a decade. Epstein led the Red Sox to two World Series championships while being the GM from 2003-2011. He now heads back with a different role.
Epstein returns to Boston to be a part owner of the Fenway Sports Group and a senior advisor. ESPN's Jeff Passan gave more insight on Epstein's role, saying his voice will hold some weight in the front office regarding some moves to improve the roster.
Epstein will always be loved in the Boston area due to his prior history with the team. He was an integral part of building a team that snapped an 86-year-long championship drought. On the way to securing the 2004 World Series title, the Red Sox defeated their archrival New York Yankees in the ALCS.
The New York native then headed to the Chicago Cubs in 2011 to become their general manager. While in Chicago, Epstein continued his magic of building championship rosters. In 2016, the Cubs beat the Cleveland Guardians to end its 108-year World Series drought.
In his new position, Epstein will be taking on some new roles. According to a press release from Fenway Sports Group, "In this strategic position, Epstein will advise FSG owners John Henry, Tom Werner, Mike Gordon, and Sam Kennedy on the company’s sporting operations across the portfolio and consult on strategic growth and investment initiatives"
Even though Epstein will be working on endeavors outside of baseball, his voice will still be instrumental in future decisions regarding the Red Sox roster.
This move hasn't caused a shift in betting markets though. Boston remains serious underdogs to make the postseason in 2024.
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