My colleague Buster Olney probably is too modest to bring this up now, but here's what he wrote in early December: "Theo Epstein could return to the Red Sox. From what I've heard, Epstein's new position would effectively allow him to make the decisions of general manager without actually holding the title."
It seems that Buster was 100 percent right. Really, though, is this any way to run a baseball team?
Three years ago, it became apparent that Red Sox owner John Henry's intention was to create his own think tank, essentially devoted to winning more games than the Yankees. Made sense to me. Here was one baseball man's reaction, though: "Yes, they've got a lot of smart guys working for them. But it might be a case of too many cooks stirring the pot."