Theo Epstein linked to LA Angels by league insider; predicts the club will announce him as president and CEO this offseason
Theo Epstein is a well-known MLB executive and current baseball consultant who is rumored to be the man in line to take the reins of the Los Angeles Angels organization.
Theo Epstein’s next work with a team is coming soon, writes @GMBowden. The architect of three World Series champions could be heading west…with Trea Turner joining him in that prediction.” – @ The Athletic MLB
Jim Bowden, a writer for The Athletic Magazine, speculated that Epstein was considering joining the Los Angeles Angels. It comes after star shortstop Trea Turner signed an 8-year contract with the team earlier this week.
“Theo Epstein, Tre Turner and a new owner he’ll yeah sign me up” – @Chad Cacchione
Angels owner Arte Moreno appears to be in the early stages of planning a sale for the team. Maybe Epstein is just the man needed to turn the organization around.
The 48-year-old has captained multiple teams during his tenure as one of baseball’s most successful executives of the modern era. He got his start in the player development department of the San Diego Padreswho eventually rose through the ranks to become the team’s director of baseball operations.
He then moved on to Boston Red Sox, where he assumed the role of Executive Vice President under CEO Larry Luchino. Under the combined leadership regime of Epstein and Luchino, the Red Sox won the 2004 and 2007 World Series. Epstein has been hailed as it was his leadership regime that saw the Sox claim their first World Series victory in 86 years old.
After leaving the Red Sox, Theo Epstein took up a post as chairman of the Chicago Cubs in 2011. During his tenure, the Cubs developed young talent in the form of players like Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. He was instrumental in ending another long drought, this time leading the Cubs to victory in the 2016 World Series – their first such win in 108 years.
Since resigning from his position with the Cubs in 2020, Epstein has worked for MLB in a role that has been coined as an “on-field consultant.” However, it now looks like he’s planning to return to MLB boardrooms.
Theo Epstein has his work cut out for him in a possible new Angels role
The Angels haven’t made the MLB playoffs since 2014. This has caused a lot of consternation around their fanbase, especially since superstars Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani haven’t done much to change the fortunes of the team. If and when Epstein takes over the Angels, it will be his job to turn the team around. Based on his background, he seems like the right person for the job.