The Chicago Cubs announced a five-year contract extension for Theo Esptein, the club's president of baseball operations, on Wednesday, rewarding him for an overhaul that has the long-suffering franchise eyeing its first championship since 1908. The extension comes with the Cubs wrapping up one of the greatest seasons in franchise history and their fans believing that this just might be the team to end the 108-year World Series title drought. They reached 100 wins for the first time since 1935 and were a major league-leading 101-56 heading into Wednesday's game at Pittsburgh. Chicago clinched the best record in the majors with more than a week left in the regular season. "In the five years under Theo's leadership, he has brought in a strong executive team and acquired and developed some of the best players in the game," chairman Tom Ricketts said.
Major League Baseball is looking into a domestic violence accusation against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. His wife, Melisa, posted a photo Wednesday on Instagram with a caption suggesting he was unfaithful to her. In another post, a user named @carlierreed -- described by Melisa as a close friend -- accused Russell of "mentally and physically abusing her." The posts have since been deleted. Russell issued a statement Thursday, saying, "Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful.
After the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series since 1908 in dramatic fashion Wednesday, one reporter begged the question -- is Theo Epstein a sorcerer? Well, the Cubs president of baseball operations turned a franchise of perennial losers into world champions, snapping a historically long championship drought and breaking a famed curse that seemed destined to torture a city forever. But here's the thing: Epstein just did all that for the second time. SEE ALSO: A Cubs fan's World Series diary: Champions at last In 2002, Epstein became the youngest general manager in MLB history when the Red Sox hired him at 28 years old. Boston hadn't won a World Series since 1918, and blamed its misfortune on the "Curse of the Bambino," placed on the franchise after it sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1919.
Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel watches a three-run home run hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Chicago. Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel was put on the injured list with elbow inflammation on Thursday ahead of a big series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs also scratched infielder Javier Báez with lingering soreness in his left thumb. Kimbrel hasn't pitched since allowing a three-run home run to Milwaukee's Christian Yelich in a 4-0 loss Sunday. "He felt a little something pop up in that outing so just to be on the cautious side, we had an MRI done," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said.
Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, was running behind. "I just need a few minutes," he said. The still boyish former wunderkind, now forty-two, had one more matter to tend to before turning to our scheduled chat, so he deposited me in the staff cafeteria of the Under Armour Performance Center, the team's new spring-training complex, in Mesa, Arizona. As he was leaving, he waved over an earnest, clean-cut young man to keep me company. "Meet Sean," he said, patting the kid on the shoulder. Sean Ahmed didn't look like a guy ready to bare-hand a bunt and start a double play. The thirty-one-year-old was dressed in a polo shirt, jeans, and gym shoes, and he looked like one of the thousands of young geeks you might find sitting on exercise balls and staring at computer screens in Silicon Valley. With his degree in economics from the University of Chicago, he could have been one. Instead, he spends long days modelling data, some from advance scouts, who watch video to forecast where balls are likely to be hit each time a particular batter faces one of the Cubs' pitchers; the Cubs can then position fielders in those places, giving the team a competitive edge. "My mom emigrated from Turkey, so she doesn't really get the baseball thing," he said with a resigned smile.