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ted lilly crushes molinaTed Lilly rode off into the sunset this offseason as a baseball player, but he’s turning his horse around to return as a front office man.

Today the Cubs named Lilly a special assistant in the front office, where he’ll assist – specially – Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Candidly, I heard about this move a month or so ago, but I couldn’t get any confirmation. Fiddlesticks. But I’ll salve my disappointment as a writer with my happiness as a fan: it’s good to have Lilly back in the fold.

We don’t know much about him as a front office type, but, if history has proved much, Theo and Jed tend to know what they’re doing when it comes to front office hires. So, on that basis alone, Lilly is probably a pretty bright, capable dude.

UPDATE: the press release details Lilly’s duties a little bit, “In his new role with the organization, Lilly will spend time with the club during spring training, visit the club’s minor league affiliates during the season, evaluate amateur players leading up to the draft and perform professional scouting assignments.”

  • DarthHater

    This has to be the prelude to a return of Dempster to the Cubs.
    —- Darth Diehard

    • notcubbiewubbie

      bite your tongue!!!!!! blah!!!!!!!!!! i just puked.

  • Jim

    Instantly has the best name in the Cubs FO.

    • itzscott

      Forget being the best name….

      More likely he’s the best pitcher they have even though he’s retired.

      • Funn Dave

        Zing!

  • C. Steadman

    Exactly and it makes him sound smart also… Theodore Roosevelt Lilly III, he sounds like he’s a genius!

    • C. Steadman

      Whoops forgot to hit the reply button…meant as a response to jim

    • DarthHater

      Maybe he can help Soler develop a more workable “big stick” policy.

      • C. Steadman

        Hahaha that’d be a dangerous idea for the opposition’s sake

  • DarthHater

    “I heard about this move a month or so ago, but I couldn’t get any confirmation. Fiddlesticks.”

    Might want to get some tips from that Cotillo kid. :-P

  • Jon

    Who knows, he might be the smartest guy in the FO.

  • Funn Dave

    Sweeet.

  • http://www.w2wn.net Cerambam

    Good Guy Brett: doesn’t report stories he doesn’t get confirmation on. I know a few hundred news stations that could learn a thing or two from you.

    • Webb

      Or is he a better man for learning from his mistakes? We could all stand to learn a thing two from the past.

    • Webb

      It makes a lot of sense that this front office believes in the utility of TED talks. They’re full of insight.

  • Edwin

    Is this similar to the same thing that Greg Maddux did for a couple years?

    • King Jeff

      Seems like Lilly is going to be a lot more involved than Maddux ever was. It always seemed like it was kind of a hobby for Maddux, and it looks like Lilly will have a bit more responsibility.

  • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

    This is a great signing with the new Home Plate Rule. Lilly, surely, will be teaching the kids how to plow through the catcher and get away with it.

    This, of course, BEGS the question: “Do our minor leaguers have enough ‘Ted’ to get the ump to agree with them every time?”

  • Jon

    So is BN Bears going away?

    • Funn Dave

      Oh damn, it’s gone. Hopefully just on hiatus until the football season starts approaching.

      • Joshua Edwards

        It’s still there if you have the bookmark but the link from BN Cubs is gone.

        Bummer. Was hoping that would work out.

  • brainiac

    big fan of lily – another great remnant of the hendry era

  • Dales Fired Ear

    Revive the Ted Lilly Fan Club!!!!!!

  • YourResidentJag

    Future pitching coach and maybe even manager.

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