Theo Epstein To Serve As Marketing consultant For Commissioner’s Workplace
Main League Baseball introduced right this moment that former Purple Sox normal supervisor and Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has joined the commissioner’s workplace as a marketing consultant to Rob Manfred. Particularly, Epstein will focus his efforts on “on-field issues,” together with (however presumably not restricted to) the consequences that proposed rule adjustments would result in. Bruce Levine of 670 The Rating first reported (through Twitter) that Epstein, who stepped down from his submit with the Cubs earlier this winter, can be named to the brand new submit. Epsteinturned away curiosity from different golf equipment who had curiosity in hiring him for a brand new baseball operations jobs.
“Theo is among the most completed and considerate individuals in our sport,” commissioner Manfred stated in an announcement saying the information. “I’m grateful that he has accepted our invitation to enrich our ongoing efforts and supply his insights on making the perfect sport on this planet even higher for the following technology of followers.”
From the second Epstein stepped down from his place with the Cubs, there’s been hypothesis about him ultimately taking a place with the league. Epstein acknowledged on the time that he had performed an inadvertent function in damaging the game’s aesthetic by serving to to pioneer an analytics push that has curbed in-game motion. He’s additionally typically been an advocate for increasing the attain and enchantment of the sport. Some have urged that Epstein himself could even be an eventual successor for Manfred, though Manfred’s present contract runs via the 2024 season.
“It’s an honor to help the efforts by Main League Baseball and the Competitors Committee to enhance the on-field product, and I recognize Commissioner Manfred asking me to be part of these necessary conversations,” stated Epstein in his personal ready assertion. “As the sport evolves, all of us have an curiosity in guaranteeing the adjustments we see on the sector make the sport as entertaining and action-packed as attainable for the followers, whereas preserving all that makes baseball so particular. I stay up for working with events all through the business to assist us collectively navigate towards the easiest model of our sport.”
There’s no indication but as as to if it is a non permanent submit or a gateway to a extra everlasting place throughout the commissioner’s workplace. Epstein stated when he stepped away from the Cubs and rebuffed curiosity in new baseball ops ventures that he hoped to spend extra time together with his household. His standing as a marketing consultant with the league will maintain him concerned within the sport however afford him extra time at house. Presumably, given Epstein’s observe report, different golf equipment will come calling in future offseasons whether or not he’s underneath contract or not — however his standing as a marketing consultant at the very least ostensibly leaves the door open for a return to a membership’s entrance workplace sooner or later.