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Postby chadlincoln » Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:27 pm

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2256622

Hoyer, Cherington will be co-GMs; no Epstein update

The Boston Red Sox, who have been without a general manager since Theo Epstein walked away on Halloween, will announce Jed Hoyer and Ben Cherington as co-GMs, ESPN's Peter Gammons reported.

The announcement will be made at a 3:30 p.m. ET news conference.

There will be no announcement concerning Epstein's possible return as a consultant. That will be worked out in time, Gammons reports.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino declined to comment last week but said that a restructuring "will be one result, to be sure."

"After interviewing external candidates, we have been examining internal possibilities and restructuring," he said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Saturday. "We are not commenting on specific individuals, however, and are not prepared to make any announcements."

Once the youngest GM in baseball history and still the only one to build a World Series champion in Boston, Epstein decided not to renew his contract after three years and a franchise-record three consecutive playoff appearances. Although he did not state his reason, reports focused on a falling out with Lucchino, his longtime mentor.

Among those who interviewed to replace Epstein were Jim Beattie, former Orioles executive vice president; Washington Nationals' general manager Jim Bowden; David Wilder, the White Sox director of player development and former Dodgers GM Dan Evans.

Jeremy Kapstein, a Lucchino confident, and Bill Lajoie, the former Tigers GM who has been a special adviser to Epstein, were also floated for the position. Lajoie, 71, said at the recent winter meetings that he was not interested in the job, and special assistant to the GM Craig Shipley has reportedly also said he doesn't want the promotion.

The Red Sox sent a four-person crew to the general managers' meetings in November, and had a similar four-man group at the winter meetings this month in Dallas. Lajoie worked as the point man for the group, and various deals were assigned to individual members of the "Four Horsemen" to pursue.

The four -- Lajoie, Shipley, the 32-year-old Hoyer and the 31-year-old Cherington -- said the arrangement worked well.

After trading shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta, Lajoie said he made sure to get some of the youngsters into the room with John Schuerholz so they would get the experience of dealing with the longtime Braves GM.

"That was the point of it," Lajoie said. "Let's learn how to make a trade here."
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Postby Morrison8312 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:34 pm

I believe these were 2 of the guys that were apart of Epstein's "crew." There were 4 of them who would oversee scouting, drafting, developing, etc...

It's good that we finally know who's going to run the show although we know Luccino will make most of the final decisions....
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Postby foulballstrike3 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:11 pm

What's the story with Epstein then, supposedly he's coming back as an advisor? What was the point of him reassigning himself more or less? He and Manny both sick of the lime light?
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Postby thedude » Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:44 pm

foulballstrike3 wrote:What's the story with Epstein then, supposedly he's coming back as an advisor? What was the point of him reassigning himself more or less? He and Manny both sick of the lime light?


If he does come back as an advisor (which has not been confrimed is happening) he can leave if another team wants him to be its GM.
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Postby thedude » Mon Dec 12, 2005 4:34 pm

If you thought Theo looked young...Jed Hoyer and Ben Cherington both look like they just graduated from jr. high.
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Postby J35J » Mon Dec 12, 2005 4:55 pm

If anyone thinks Theo is just going to be an advisor they're probably wrong. He will be the GM with a different title. I've actually heard that he has been OKing all the off season moves so far....... :-?

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Postby Red Stripe » Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:37 pm

LOL why would they even interview Jim Bowden :-b
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