Growing up in the shadows of
A Ivy League graduate with a juris doctorate from the
When the Boston Red Sox were bought from John Harrington by John W. Henry and Tom Werner, former Padres President Larry Lucchino brought young Theo back to
Throughout the years Epstein has made some good deals, some bad deals and some ugly deals. But still was able to bring the first championship back to
Epstein made good on his promise to re-vamp the farm system by evaluating and drafting young, amateur players such as Jonathan Papelbon (2003), Dustin Pedroia (2004) and Jacoby Ellsbury (2005). These players have climbed up the ladder of the Red Sox minor league system and produced for the big league club. In this regards, Epstein has been far above average.
But in other aspects of baseball operations, Epstein is below average when it comes to evaluating ready major league talent. Acquiring David Ortiz over the waiver wires from the Minnesota Twins was a steal and good pick up, he deserves a plus for this acquisition but that same year he acquired Kevin Millar, Bill Mueller and Jeremy Giambi. Although Millar was good clubhouse character he was sub-par in the field and Mueller had one outstanding year in 2003 but dropped the following years. And who can forget the Giambi signing? He turned out to be a bust and opened the door for both Millar and Ortiz to get more playing time.
Let’s turn to 2004 after the World Series and the signing of Edgar Renteria to a $11 million a year contract for four years. In 2005, Renteria ended the year with a .276 batting average (15 points below his career average), 172 base hits, only 60 runs batted in, 100 strikeouts and only 55 walks. Not good statistics for your number two hitter. The Red Sox are still paying ($11 million) for that mess after dealing him to
Speaking of Andy Marte, the guy we traded to
I know you are thinking, but what about Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima and Mike Lowell? I will give you Beckett, Schilling and Matsuzaka but Okajima was never supposed to be as good as he was in 2007 and
In conclusion, Theo Epstein is a proactive General Manager. He is your typical active-positive. He is bold in his moves by taking on contracts like Lowell and Renteria but unlike the active-negative, Epstein acknowledges when his plans have failed and he moves forward accordingly. Your typical active-positive are not immune to failure but they know how to accept their failures and turn them into successes by not making the same mistake twice. Hence why Epstein is an active-positive. He rarely makes the same mistake twice.