“Foxy” isn’t a term we use loosely here, but the Cubs’ new senior management team deserves props for not only their impressive baseball pedigrees at an envious young age, but they are also unusually hot for baseball management. Remember these names because they will remain buzz-worthy all season long as Cubs fans pray and hope that these guys are part of the answer to the Cubs 102-year World Series drought.
- Theo Epstein: President of Baseball Operations. Epstein pulls rank over everyone at Wrigley and reports directly into the Ricketts, the family that owns the Cubs. Epstein never played professional baseball, he’s a rich kid from the East Coast that went to Yale and started off working in PR for the San Diego Padres. His career took off at 28 (!!) when he became the youngest GM in Boston Red Sox history. Epstein was in the drivers seat when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and 2007 breaking the “Curse of the Bambino” – Boston’s 94-year World Series drought. When the Ricketts canned the old Cubs GM, Jim Hendry, before the end of last season, Theo Epstein was brought it for a cool $18.5 million over 5 years with the hopes that he can do the same thing in Chicago that he did in Boston. Cute, calm and collected, Epstein brings new hope and style to the front office. Unfortunately, he’s off the market though with a gorgeous wife (pictured) and young son.
- Jed Hoyer: General Manager. Hoyer is Epstein’s buddy from his days with the Red Sox. Also 38 and strangely hot for baseball management, Hoyer came from the San Diego Padres where he was also a GM. Hoyer only spent 2 years as GM for the Padres before he jumped ship for Chicago, leaving many to question his loyalty and ability since he left the Padres as one of the worst teams in baseball. Also married, Hoyer is also from the East Coast and from an affluent family, but he did play ball in college and had a short stint with coaching before heading to Big Leagues front office.
- Dale Sveum: Manager. This is important – you absolutely need to know how to pronounce this guys’ name – he’s the coach (they are called managers in baseball) Pronounced SWAYM – do not embarrass yourself. Mr. Sveum was guess where – you got it – with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 as part of the coaching staff when Theo and Jed were there. After Boston, he headed to Milwaukee where he took turns as the hitting coach and bench coach. When Theo & crew came a knockin’ – Sveum headed East for Chicago. The only former professional baseball player of the bunch, Sveum is allegedly a “players coach” meaning he gets along with all the players, has played the game himself, and is a total jock. And while “foxy” or “hot” may be pushing it, although we find shaved heads super sexy, this guy has a great-looking face and a very nice physique – so he rounds out our list for Foxy Front Office guys you absolutely need to know this season.