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Letters | Epstein’s clean getaway

Post-mortems galore on Epstein era with the Red Sox

Former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein spoke in September 2011 after the team missed the playoffs.

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Former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein spoke in September 2011 after the team missed the playoffs.

Re “Epstein’s clean getaway irks owners” (Sports, Aug. 30): Kudos to Dan Shaughnessy for pointing out the view of a Forbes writer that former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein was “the decade’s most overrated baseball executive.”

Shaughnessy points out most of Epstein’s mistakes, but omits what I think was the biggest one: not re-signing Johnny Damon. The center fielder was the kind of hard-nosed, gritty ballplayer that the Sox needed, but Damon apparently did not fit the sabermetrics model. Epstein never grasped that baseball is more than numbers.

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It should be pointed out that Epstein did engineer the deal that brought Curt Schilling to the Sox for the championship season in 2004, a championship that the Sox may not have won without him. He also signed David Ortiz (for his defense) and Dave Roberts and built a farm system that produced Jonathan Papelbon, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, and Clay Buchholz.

Overall, Shaughnessy got it right.

A. Eric Rosen


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