Oh wow, I can’t believe Jed Hoyer is getting Theo Epstein to come back to the Cubs as his new General Manager!
Nah, nah, that isn’t what Hoyer announced today at his end-of-season presser. Indeed, he didn’t get into the GM search at all, save to say that the process was ongoing. (It’s gotta be coming down the pike soon, though, I expect.) But I do mention the former Cubs President for a reason: he’s not going to the Mets.
Despite months of rumors and speculation, the outcome expected by most paying attention has come to fruition. Theo Epstein will not be taking the Mets president job:
News: Theo Epstein will not be coming to the Mets. A source familiar with situation tells me “Steve and Theo spoke. They had a good conversation and both agreed that this was not the right opportunity.” Story up soon.
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) October 6, 2021
For Epstein the #Mets were not the right fit now because: 1. He wants to be part of the solution as an advisor to MLB to gettng the on-field product more appealing. 2. He wants his next job to be where he puts a group together to buy a team and start from the ground floor.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 6, 2021
Pretty much as expected. When you’ve done what Epstein has done already with the Red Sox and Cubs, I would imagine it’s hard to get too jazzed about simply leading another team (to say nothing of the concerns about Cohen). For Epstein’s next gig, if it’s in baseball at all, I expect it’ll either be the leading baseball person (and part-owner) of an expansion team, or as the Commissioner to follow Rob Manfred.