Thursday, January 19, 2006

Baseless Speculation

This is all just baseless conjecture and is just me thinking out loud....

Theo Epstein has returned to the Red Sox after taking most of the winter off. Now Epstein was rumored for a few jobs, which he would have either accepted, or that could hypothetically have been used as leverage for more power within the Sox organization. Now he's slinking back to the Sox in a role that seems lesser than the one he had.

Now, isn't it possible (and yes, possible is distinctly different than probable) that all those other jobs fell through? Obviously the Dodgers one did, but Epstein was connected with a few of the other ownership groups (if only in theory), notably Fred Malek's bid.

If the recent USA Today report that the ownership mess was down to Jeff Smulyan and Fred Malek, could this be a sign that Smulyan has the inside track?

God, I hope not. If you've missed my previous Anti-Smulyan rants, here's one taken at random from the archives.


  • Blood is thicker than water. I predict that Reisdorf's buddy, Smulyan will get the team.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/20/2006 7:31 AM  

  • I like your Theo theory, but how's this for baseless speculation: The move means that Larry Lucchino, who has ties to Washington, will take over as president of the Nationals as soon as Selig hands the keys to the franchise over to Smulyan.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/20/2006 7:42 AM  

  • Don't scare me like that! Lucchino certainly has a proven track record in stadium building, but...

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 1/20/2006 8:41 AM  

  • I've been convinced ever since Theo Epstein left the Red Sox that he was looking to come to DC for his next job. With the news that Theo Epstein has gone back to the Red Sox, I'm convinced more than ever that he left the Red Sox in order to be the GM here after the new owner was selected. Think about it. A guy with that ego achieving so much at such a young age. The only accomplishment left woule be to take a "new" team and turn them into winners. But because of the stadium and ownership issues, he probably just gave up and went back to the Sox. IF I'm right, it means that MLB and the DC Council screwed us out of getting Epstein. That would be a major story, wouldn't it? Think any of the Washington papers are looking into this?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/20/2006 9:28 AM  

  • Hmmm, USAT Sports Weekly was saying it would be Lerner or Smulyan.

    By Blogger WFY, at 1/20/2006 11:09 AM  

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