SBD/Issue 89/Franchises

Red Sox’ Re-Aligned Front-Office Staff Meets The Press

Epstein Says He Is Happy With
Team’s Chain Of Command
Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino, Exec VP & GM Theo Epstein, VP/Player Personnel Ben Cherington and Assistant GM Jed Hoyer yesterday participated in “more than nine hours of separate interviews with 19 publications, 11 television stations — not including 30-something 1-on-1 TV spots — and 11 radio stations,” according to Michael Silverman of the BOSTON HERALD. Keeping a “tighter lid on the flow of information ... is just one of the planned improvements Epstein and company want to incorporate.” The Red Sox have “no interest in revealing the length of the decision-makers’ contracts.” Epstein: “If there’s no end date, we can’t have an all-too-public negotiation like we just had.” Regarding his decision to leave the team in October, Epstein cited a “‘fundamental disconnect’ between baseball operations and other factions in the organization, as well [as] a fractured relationship with Lucchino.” Epstein: “There was conflict between us, some of it related to the disconnect that we talked about, some if it was simply the result of ... an all-too public negotiation. It strained our relationship” (BOSTON HERALD, 1/26). Appearing on WEEI-AM’s “Dennis & Callahan” morning show yesterday, Epstein said, “The issues had nothing to do with the chain of command, per se. I’m happy with the chain of command.” Lucchino added, “We’re a stronger, deeper, bolder, more effective organization with Theo” (MLB.com, 1/25).

COME TOGETHER: Epstein said, “Organically, out of the process, grew a greater appreciation for baseball’s centrality in the operation.” In Boston, Chris Snow writes baseball operations now “will move upstairs and join the rest of the business operation.” Red Sox Owner John Henry: “One of the things we talked about was trying to address what’s called ‘factionalism,’ when you have two campuses in a company. There wasn’t enough communication between different departments, especially baseball operations and other parts of the company” (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/26).

Owner Says Cherington (l) And Hoyer (c)
Knew Promotion Could Be Temporary

TAG TEAM: Referring to Cherington and Hoyer being named co-GMs after Epstein’s departure, Henry said, “I was amazed (interim) wasn’t in their title. ... They knew going in that it was very likely Theo was coming back.” Henry said that “someone else decided to remove” the acting or interim tag (BOSTON HERALD, 1/26).

COLUMNIST REAX: The BOSTON HERALD’s Steve Buckley writes Epstein returns to the Red Sox “without the Teflon. No longer is he a sacred cow, a man so popular with fans and media that he hardly ever was criticized” (BOSTON HERALD, 1/26). The BOSTON GLOBE’s Dan Shaughnessy writes the “early morning talking heads” at WEEI “maintained that Epstein had ‘lost his halo’” (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/26). However, the GLOBE’s Gordon Edes writes Epstein “most assuredly returned on his terms.” He is “no casualty in this affair” (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/26). The N.Y. TIMES’ Murray Chass, on the multitude of statements issued by the team on Tuesday: “For much of the past 12 weeks, the Red Sox had been widely viewed as having a dysfunctional front office. I disagreed. ... With those statements, though, the Red Sox are beginning to sound dysfunctional. Their verbosity runneth over, and they tripped all over their words” (N.Y. TIMES, 1/26).

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