11/25/2002 10:59 am ET
Theo Epstein named General Manager
Theo Epstein, the Red Sox Assistant General Manager who grew up a mile away from Fenway Park, was today named Senior Vice-President/General Manager of the club. Larry Lucchino, the club's President/CEO, made the announcement.
"After a thorough and extensive search of candidates throughout baseball, we concluded that the right person was right before our eyes," Lucchino said. "We believe this franchise will benefit from a new structure and fresh philosophies, both in the baseball and business areas of the club. We've seen some of those changes on the business side; now it's time to usher in changes on the baseball side."
Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry said, "Theo was quite simply the right choice. He has been a constant source of ideas, energy, and intelligence for us since he came home to Boston. He joins a select group of young and highly talented general managers in today's game who are revolutionizing baseball. We believe he will excel from day one.
"His boundless passion for the game, his leadership skills, and his resolve to push for deals that make sense for the long-term regardless of what may or may not play well publicly have convinced us that he is the right individual to lead our baseball operation. I am sure the experienced group Theo assembles will bring excitement and a World Series to New England."
Tom Werner, Chairman of the Red Sox, said, "Our common goal is to bring a World Championship to Boston. Irrespective of his age, we are confident Theo is among the best and the brightest in baseball. We believe that the team he'll assemble will achieve the results for which we so yearn.
"It seems that no matter where we turn in baseball, club officials laud Theo's abilities; now is the time for him to assemble a 'brain trust,' draw upon his ample intelligence, and implement his fresh ideas."
Lucchino also said that Mike Port has been invited to remain with the club as Vice-President/Baseball Operations, and Lee Thomas has been asked to remain as Special Assistant to the General Manager, with expanded responsibilities.
"We hope to keep these two key veterans whose abilities we value highly," Lucchino said. "Mike Port has been the definition of 'professional' throughout the season and throughout this process. We respect his knowledge of the game, his dedication to the Red Sox, and experience in the intricacies of the baseball business, including compliance with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
"Lee Thomas brings experience at every level of the game, including unquestioned abilities in talent evaluation.
"Quantitative analyst Bill James adds another dimension to the staff. Now it is for Theo to build on this start, to augment his staff with people who bring additional experiences and perspectives to the table.
"When you blend the qualities of integrity, intelligence, work ethic, and collaborativeness with his talent, knowledge, and passion, you have the qualities of a person we're pleased and proud to select."
Epstein, who turns 29 December 29, completed his 11th year in Major League Baseball in 2002. He worked for the Baltimore Orioles (1992-1994) and San Diego Padres (1995-2002) before joining the Red Sox March 24. The graduate of Yale University and University of San Diego Law School is, by a period of months, the youngest general manager in baseball history.
"I've known Theo for years, and I've known that he has an exceptional mind," Lucchino said. "We've known that he'd be a general manager someday, but we didn't know when the process began that when it would end, he would be our top choice. It's a testament to his abilities that he emerged as the best from a wide array of choices."
Prior to joining the Red Sox, Epstein was the Padres' Director of Baseball Operations and was active in all aspects of the baseball activities, including player evaluation, scouting, player development, and contract negotiations. Epstein had in 1997 joined the baseball staff of the Padres, who in 1998 went to the World Series. In 2001, Baseball America praised the Padres' scouting and player development system, calling it "among the best in the game."
Epstein began his baseball career in 1992 while at Yale. Joining the Orioles as a summer intern working for Dr. Charles Steinberg, now the Red Sox Executive Vice-President/Public Affairs, Epstein conceived of a plan to bring attention to Negro League stars who were aging and in some cases, in dire straights. His concept, borne in 1992, became a five-day tribute to the Stars of Early Black Baseball during 1993's All-Star Week at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
In the summer of 1994, Epstein worked in Media Relations for the Orioles. When Lucchino and Steinberg joined the San Diego Padres in 1995, Epstein accepted a position with the Padres in Public Affairs.
Epstein's family has lived in Brookline for 25 years since moving from New York, where he was born in 1973. Epstein graduated from public schools in Brookline. He attended the Lawrence School and Brookline High, from which he graduated, together with Sam Kennedy, the Red Sox' Vice-President/Sales and Corporate Partnerships.
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