Theo Epstein: The Portrait of a Snake-Oil Salesman


Tom Ricketts has all of us Chicago Cubs fan fooled. He made a big deal about bringing in baseball’s most recognized face to fix a franchise that has been broken for over 100 years. I’ll admit that I was very excited when the Cubs hired Theo Epstein, but based on what I’ve seen, he’s nothing more than a pretty face.

I am getting sick and tired of hearing how Cubs fans need to be patient. Teams like the Toronto Blue Jays (that I promise you don’t have near the fan base or attendance of the Cubs) trade for players to help them win today. Meanwhile, the Cubs add an injured starting pitcher and a backup catcher. So a team that lost over 100 games still isn’t addressing the team on the field? We all hear that the Cubs will be competitive in 2014, and frankly, I just don’t buy it. If you look at what happened with Epstein’s former employer the Boston Red Sox, they pretty much undid everything Epstein did as general manager. That should be quite a telling sign.

If you want to help your promising young players like Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, there’s no better way of helping player development than winning. Creating a culture of losing helps players form bad habits. While there’s no guarantees in baseball, the projected team on the field for the 2013 Cubs is even worse than last season. And how much worse can a team get than 100 losses?

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