THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HISTORY- NOVEMBER 25, 2002 – AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM- THE RED SOX HIRE 28 YEAR OLD THEO EPSTEIN AS THEIR NEW GENERAL MANAGER

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This Date In Baseball History- November 25, 2002- The Boston Red Sox name 28 year old Theo Epstein as their new general manager. The Boston Red Sox- who hadn’t won a World Series since 1918 when Babe Ruth played for them- hired Theo Epstein who grew up a mile from Fenway Park- and was a life long Red Sox fan to be their new general manager- at 28 years old- Epstein became the youngest general manager in baseball history.

The Red Sox since 1918 had gone to four World Series- 1946, 1967, 1975 and 1986- losing them all- sometimes in tragic ways. In Theo Epstein’s second season he would lead the Red Sox to the promise land- breaking the ‘Curse Of The Bambino.’ Epstein’s Red Sox would also win again in 2008- he would leave in 2011 having accomplished one ‘miracle’- and moved on to an even bigger challenge- the Chicago Cubs who hadn’t won a World Series since 1908. In 2016 a team built by Epstein would win the World Series in Chicago. Having accomplished his second miracle- Epstein left the Cubs last November and is now working as a consultant for MLB. He’s 47 I would expect him back running a ballclub sometime in the future. Hey Theo, the Cleveland Indians oh I mean Cleveland Guardians [what a terrible name]- have the longest current drought in baseball having last won in 1948. I think for the work he’s done in Boston and Chicago he’s already assured a place in Cooperstown.

7 responses to “THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HISTORY- NOVEMBER 25, 2002 – AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM- THE RED SOX HIRE 28 YEAR OLD THEO EPSTEIN AS THEIR NEW GENERAL MANAGER

    • What a great accomplishment- two teams that had gone lifetimes without winning- and he turns them both around. The Red Sox had had a lot of bad luck–but the Cubs- had been pathetic for the most part. I don’t think his work is done- he has at least one more act in him..

  1. no doubt he should be in the HOF when he retires, even if he was to call it quits now. Can’t argue with his track record so far. But I don’t see him running Cleveland… the owners there just don’t have the commitment to winning, if you ask me. Perhaps Seattle he’d do very well in but I don’t think they’re in the market right now.

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