MLB hires ex-Cubs' prez Epstein as consultant

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Former three-time World Series-winning executive Theo Epstein was hired by Major League Baseball on Thursday as a consultant to “on-field matters” as the sport contemplates rule changes to create more action and pace to the game.

“As the game evolves, we all have an interest in ensuring the changes we see on the field make the game as entertaining and action-packed as possible for the fans, while preserving all that makes baseball so special,” Epstein said in a statement. “I look forward to working with interested parties throughout the industry to help us collectively navigate toward the very best version of our game.”

Epstein stepped down as president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs in November after nine years with the team. On his way out, he shouldered some of the blame for the problems in the sport.

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“The executives, like me, who have spent a lot of time using analytics and other measures to try to optimize individual and team performance have unwittingly had a negative impact on the aesthetic value of the game and the entertainment value of the game in some respects,” Epstein said when he resigned.

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