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Theo Epstein Has a New Job: MLB Hires Epstein as a Consultant Regarding On-Field Matters

Theo Epstein to Join the MLB Commissioner’s Office as a consultant regarding on-field matters for Major League Baseball.

Today, the Commissioner of Baseball Robert Manfred Jr. announced that former Boston RedSox and Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein will serve as a consultant regarding on-field matters for MLB.

According to the release by MLB, Epstein will work with baseball analytics experts from the Commissioners office and teams to “determine the likely effects of various contemplated rule changes.”

Commissioner Manfred said in the Press release: “Theo is one of the most accomplished and thoughtful people in our sport. I am greateful tha he has accepted our invitation to complement our ongoing efforrts and prove his insights on making the best game in the world even better for the next generation of fans.”

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Epstein is quoted as saying: “Its is an honor to assist the efforts by Major League Baseball and the competition committee to improve the on-field product, and I appreicate Commissioner Manfraed asking me to be apart of these important conversations.”

Theo Epstien’s Previous MLB Experience

Epstein became the youngest general manager (GM) in the history of MLB, when the Boston Red Sox hired him at the age of 28 on November 25, 2002. In 2004, the Red Sox won their first World Series championship in 86 years and won another title in 2007.

On October 21, 2011, he resigned from his job in Boston to become president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs won the 2016 World Series, their first World Series championship in 108 years. Towards the end of 2020, Epstein stepped down as president of the Chicago Cubs.

Many believe that Epstein will be an excellent replacement for the Commissioners role if or when Manfred steps down.

Epstein continued to say in the press release: “As the game evolves, we all have an interest in ensuring the changes we see on the field make the game as entertaining and action-packed as possible for the fans, while preserving all that makes baseball so special.”

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