Theo Epstein steps down as Cubs president after nine seasons

Tanya Simon
November 18, 2020

It was announced earlier on Tuesday that Epstein, 46, is stepping down from his role as president of baseball operations with the Chicago Cubs.

The suburban Boston native, who was raised in a secular Jewish family, had come to Chicago from his hometown Red Sox, where in 2002 he became the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball at 28.

He will be replaced by Jed Hoyer, who joined the team as Executive Vice-President and General Manger in 2011. He is in the final year of his second five-year contract with the organization. When he first arrived he tore the club down to completely rebuild, and after a few very lean years, the project culminated in the 2016 World Series title.

Epstein was someone many in the baseball world had their eye on for the Mets to add to the organization under new team owner Steve Cohen to help end their long World Series drought, but it appears that will have to wait.

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Epstein said in a statement he will "cherish" his time with the Cubs and said it was simply time to make a change. He built a World Series champion in 2004 - the Sox hadn't won a world title in 86 years - and another in 2007.

There has already been talk that Epstein could pursue a job with another team, but Epstein intends to take the 2021 season off. "Jed has earned this opportunity and is absolutely the right person to take over this baseball operation at such an important time".

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