Imagine for a second you were transposed into the karmic driven world of Earl, winning two world series with the Red Sox and one with the Cubs, making you an everlasting legend in every city.
But you want a challenge, a seemingly incredible task that will strengthen your legacy as the greatest executive in the history of sports.
Theo Epstein, do I have a team for you?
This is an obvious question, given Kevin’s ugly departure from Seattle last week. Can Epstein, still a relatively young man at the age of 47, despite his great achievements, be attracted to Seattle to host the show?
You talk about challenges. Seattle is the only MLB team that has never performed in a World Series. In 44 years, they have had just four post-season games, none of them the longest playoff drought in major sporting games since 2001. And now their reputation is sinking after the offensive stream of Matter consciousness that took place at Rotary Club Meeting Heard ‘Round The World.
Mariners chairman John von Stanton, who took over as Matter on a temporary basis when Meter stepped down as president-in-chief, said last week that the search for a replacement would begin immediately.
The riders have a strong internal candidate in Kevin Martinez, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Martinez spent 30 years bravely and effectively with a team that often did not give him much to work on. He would be a positive, personified, promising presence as the leader of the organization.
But Epstein is one of those people who will take any team, in any sport, to heaven և earth to enter their corporate hierarchy. In 2003, he took over the Red Sox team, which had not won the infamous World Series for 86 years, և they broke Bambino’s curse to win the title in 2004 7 ’07. Epstein then moved to the Cubs, a team that has not had a crown since 1908, and finally turned them from one of their favorite losers into the “Favorite Champions” in 2016, ending 108 years of uselessness.
The good news is that Epstein is something of a free agent after stepping down as head of the Baseball Operations Cubs in November. He actually took a consulting position with MLB to help them improve their products և, ացավ a few days ago he joined Arctos Sports Partners, a private equity firm that buys minority stakes in professional sports clubs as a “residence executive”. In this role, he will advise the owners of the teams in which Arctos invests.
Despite that seemingly busy agenda, Epstein said he would be ready for another baseball challenge. Not this season. She wants to get out of the stress of building and keeping a set. But in a letter to friends received by ESPN’s Jeff Pasan, Epstein wrote: “I plan to have a day when I head the third chapter of a baseball organization, although I do not expect it to be next year.”
Epstein also explained that he wanted his next job to be as high on the organizational ladder as the entire road above, that is, the share of ownership.
“Being part of a group of owners is something I’ve always liked,” Epstein told a Cubs farewell press conference. “A lot of things had to go right for that to happen.”
The riders gave Matter a share of the property, so it seems likely they could do the same to seduce Epstein. Of course, challenging sailors to the top is something that would probably appeal to the sensitivities that drowned out Epstein’s curse. He admitted that he was old in Chicago, just like he was in Boston. It seems that the pursuit of the award is much more appealing to Epstein than the pressure to maintain it, as he admitted at his farewell press conference.
“If you look at my story in Boston, then here, for the first six years or so, we did some pretty epic things,” Epstein said. “The last few years have not been so impressive. Maybe what it tells me is that I’m great և I really like to build և transform և win. Maybe I’m not so good, not so motivated by the service, so to speak. “
And the beauty of Seattle is that the organization, which has been rebuilt for three years, has already done most of the heavy workload. Epstein could go in, preside over the last touches, and if his magic touch came true, he would reap the rewards.
That’s not to say it’s going to happen, even though Hey on Hayman said in November – right after Epstein left the Cubs, long before the Meters invaded – that the sailors were one of two teams, along with the Phillies, who wanted to bring Epstein.
Even if Epstein entertains the idea, the competition will be fierce. The In-Riders will be far from the only MLB team pursuing him, with many speculating that he could see creating a possible expansion team from scratch as the ultimate challenge. Some see Epstein as the next commissioner. Or he could have decided that he had enough success in baseball to move to another arena.
There are many people in Seattle who tempt everyone as a city, including Epstein’s friend Eddie Wedder, the lead singer of Theo’s favorite Pearl Jam. But Epstein (despite attending San Diego law school and working in Padres) is an Argelian silver tray, as is his wife. It can be a sticky point. Passengers would no doubt have to open their wallets widely, something they are not aware of. Epstein was reportedly due to earn $ 10 million in 2021 before retiring. And be ready to cede power to Epstein, another part.
Matt’s position as president / CEO has always been more business oriented than focused on baseball operations, although he had authority over that department. Many teams have their organization built together with a business manager and a baseball operations manager. It seems that Epstein is ready to move beyond assembling a baseball team in the state of Jerry Dipot, who has earned the right amount of money by seeing this rebuild. Riders probably have a year to work through the logistics while Epstein is refueling.
At his press conference, Stanton answered the question about the possible reorganization of the top leadership. “This is an opportunity for us to see if there are opportunities to do better. But from my point of view, I do not start this role with the expectation that there will be significant changes in the structure. “
All this could be settled later if the sailors could persuade Theo Epstein to write the third chapter of his career in Seattle. The executive of the century meets the “Challenge of the Century”.