Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein named Sporting News Executive of the Year
Voting for the award that has been around since 1936 took place at the end of the regular season. The Cubs won 103 games and the National League Central Division title over the course of the 162-game schedule.
The 103 wins was the Cubs highest win total since 1910.
The Cubs advanced in the NL playoffs past the Giants and Dodgers to win the first National League Pennant in 71 years. In the franchise’s first appearance in the Fall Classic since 1945, the Cubs beat the Indians in seven games to win The World Series.
Epstein told the Tribune that the award meant a lot, especially coming from his peers. As Epstein has done from day one with the Cubs, he did not take all of the credit for the team’s turnaround.
“The head of the department is always out front getting the credit when things go well,” Epstein said to the Tribune. “But as I said after the World Series, it’s hundreds of people and thousands of small sacrifices that no one sees that make a great baseball operation. But it means a lot. When I got my first GM job, I was 28 and I didn’t feel like I had fully paid my dues or like I was fully ready. I probably felt a little bit on the outside looking in in the GM fraternity, and many years later now and a lot of hard work and learning from a lot of great people, it’s nice to get this award and feel like I belong and feel accepted.”
This is Theo Epstein’s first Executive of the Year Award. The Sporting News named Epstein the Executive of the Decade (2000-09). Theo Epstein is the Cubs’ third executive to win the award, joining P.K. Wrigley (1945) and Dallas Green (1984).
The Cubs will continue to celebrate The World Series Championship. But Epstein and Hoyer are focused on putting the roster together for next season as the Cubs look to repeat as World Series Champions.
Theo Epstein received 13 votes, four more than the Indians’ Chris Antonetti. Jed Hoyer received two votes for Executive of the Year.