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Theo Epstein rejoins Red Sox as Executive Vice President/General Manager01/24/2006 5:54 PM ET
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today announced that Theo Epstein has returned to the club with the title and responsibilities of Executive Vice President/General Manager. President/CEO Larry Lucchino made the announcement. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Jed Hoyer and Ben Cherington, who shared the role of General Manager during much of the time Epstein was away from the club, will stay on in key leadership positions within the Baseball Operations Department. Hoyer has been named Assistant General Manager, and Cherington has been named Vice President/Player Personnel.
Bill Lajoie and Craig Shipley, who also played an integral role in directing the Baseball Operations Department during much of the offseason, will remain with the Red Sox, Lajoie as Special Advisor/Baseball Operations and Shipley as Vice President/International Scouting and Special Assistant to the General Manager.
Below are statements from Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, Lucchino, Hoyer and Cherington as well as a joint statement issued by Henry, Werner, Lucchino and Epstein regarding Hoyer and Cherington.
PRINCIPAL OWNER JOHN W. HENRY ON THEO EPSTEIN
"Tom and I are very happy to see Larry and Theo working together again. People sometimes disagree. I don't think you can have healthy relationships without disagreements and an organization is not going to evolve beyond mediocrity without them. This is not the same organization that Theo left. There was enough discord then to give Theo legitimate reasons to move on. Since that time Larry, Theo, Tom, Sean McGrail, Mike Dee, Sam Kennedy, our partnership and I have hammered out a vision and philosophy that we believe will give us the best opportunity to cope with the mounting challenges facing the most successful major league baseball clubs.
"I have certainly made mistakes in the past by not being more assertive when bumps in the road appeared. Larry, Theo and other managers in the organization do not need me in order to excel at what they do, but I have a responsibility to ensure that divergent views and our overall direction lead to a better and stronger organization. We've averaged winning more than 95 games a year since we purchased the club. We've listened to the fans and improved the fan experience greatly. We have provided excitement during the season as well as the off-season. We work together as an organization damned well and have a strong sense of humor about much of what goes on around us - thankfully. The media has been in much more turmoil over the Red Sox than has been the case internally. As from the beginning of our stewardship, we remain committed to fulfilling Red Sox fans' hopes and dreams for the future.
PRINCIPAL OWNER JOHN W. HENRY ON JED HOYER AND BEN CHERINGTON
"I want to express my deepest appreciation to Craig Shipley, Bill Lajoie, Bill James, Brian O'Halloran, Raquel Ferreira, Jason McLeod, Amiel Sawdaye, Galen Carr, Zack Scott, Jared Porter, Tom Tippett, Jack McCormick and Jean MacDougall.
"I also want to thank Theo and Jeremy Kapstein for assisting during this short-handed period. And I want to thank Larry for taking a very important leadership role in Baseball Ops during the last 10 weeks."
CHAIRMAN TOM WERNER
PRESIDENT/CEO LARRY LUCCHINO
"Theo returns as General Manager to an organization that is different from the one he left on October 31. The fourteen year relationship between Theo and me, and the passage of time over the last three months, have helped to put behind us the friction that developed during last year's negotiations.
"During the intervening months, there has developed an even greater degree of comfort between ownership and management on the one hand, and, on the other, the talented, dedicated people who labor tirelessly and effectively in our Baseball Operations' department, including Theo. While we will continue to have internal discourse and debate regarding specific baseball matters, a guiding long-term baseball operations philosophy has developed. We have implemented new mechanisms which enhance internal communication and which streamline external communication. Over this period, walls have crumbled, perceptions of one another have changed, and appreciation of one another has grown. As an enhanced sense of "team" has emerged, we have rediscovered that, whatever our differences may have been, baseball is at the center of our operations and our lives, and working towards the success of the Red Sox is a commitment which all of us share.
"On a personal level, Theo and I have concluded independently that the Red Sox is a stronger organization when we are both part of it. We have been comfortable assuring each other that a productive collaboration lies ahead, and we pledge to Red Sox Nation that we will devote our combined energy, undistracted, to the goal of producing a team that will continue -- and increase -- our competitive success for years to come. Make no mistake: much work lies ahead for all of us, and we fully realize that our future conduct must conform to our sincere aspirations."
Let me also take this opportunity to inform the press that we shall be available to answer questions all day tomorrow.
Please ask then whatever questions you may have. Following that, we shall not address this internal office matter publicly. Personnel issues of the kind we have confronted during this off-season are, as most of you know, quite common in American corporations, large and small alike. I recognize that, in light of the unique nature of professional sports and the unique nature of the Boston Red Sox, our decisions and actions attract much keener interest and more intense scrutiny than do those of other businesses, and, in recent months, we have, to a degree, discussed such issues publicly. Still, I think we have grown a bit weary of all of the conversation about front office intrigue -- real and imagined. It has almost taken on a melodramatic soap opera quality. I criticize no one for that development, but we have decided that, to adhere to our primary commitment to our fans, front office personnel issues will remain in the office. In that way, we shall be more effective, and we hope everyone will keep their focus where it belongs -- on the players who will be striving, for nearly nine months of every year, to bring World Series Championships to Red Sox Nation.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER THEO EPSTEIN
"Throughout November, John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry and I held discussions to see what lessons could be learned in the aftermath of my departure. Gradually, with the benefit of time and greater perspective, we tackled not only our personal conflicts but also the differences regarding our thoughts for the organization. We emerged, ten weeks and many spirited conversations later, with the comfort of a shared vision for the future of the organization, including the role of the Baseball Operations department. I deeply regret that the Red Sox were placed in a delicate position while we worked out these issues, but thanks to the selfless work of Jed Hoyer, Ben Cherington and many others, the organization persevered. I believe that with our new vision in place, with renewed lines of communication, and with a real sense of unity, we have a chance to be a greater organization than we were before. We thank Red Sox Nation for being patient with us, and we promise to work tirelessly, quietly, and in harmony to field clubs that can contend for a World Championship year after year."
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER JED HOYER
"During our meetings with John, Tom and Larry in the days preceding our announcement as co-GM's, Ben and I were not only aware, but also quite hopeful, that this structure could pave the way for Theo's return. We are thrilled that it has. Ben and I are confident that our investment in the last ten weeks has been worthwhile, and we are proud of the job we have done during this period. With Theo back as GM, we will shift to new roles - the roles we were excited to take prior to Theo's departure - and are eager to continue the work of this off-season."
VICE PRESIDENT/PLAYER PERSONNEL BEN CHERINGTON
"In addition to maintaining continuity in our front office, Jed and I, working together with the rest of baseball operations, worked to fill holes on our Major League team. We are pleased that we have been able to improve our pitching staff and bullpen, fill important holes in the infield, and begin to build a deeper roster. Because of our relationship with Theo, we were fortunate to be able to consult him on many of these moves. Now that he is returning, we will have the opportunity to continue working together to build our Major League team as well as the entire organization.
"Although the last several weeks have been a challenge, it has been well worth it. We have an opportunity to build an operation that helps sustain long term Major League success. When we do, those of us who are fortunate enough to work for the Boston Red Sox, as well as the rest of Red Sox Nation, will benefit."
JOINT STATEMENT FROM TOM WERNER, LARRY LUCCHINO and THEO EPSTEIN REGARDING JED HOYER AND BEN CHERINGTON
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