CHICAGO — Theo Epstein's resignation as Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations stunned more than the baseball world.
Epstein's departure with one year remaining on his contract affected the entire Chicago sports landscape this week. Here's a look at the winners and losers from Epstein's decision, which was announced Tuesday.
Winner: Theo Epstein
The future Hall of Famer leaves his position after ending a 107-year World Series drought, and the championship brought joy and relief to generations of fans throughout the country.
It can be debated that Epstein should have stayed to complete the formidable task of determining the futures of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber.
But Epstein, 46, leaves behind that stress while taking time to relax with his family, spending more time on his charity work and evaluate evaluating his options that could lead to another executive role with part ownership of a team.
Loser: The media
Epstein wasn't as accessible before games as affable predecessor Jim Hendry, but Epstein often would provide one or two kernel-sized crystal ball moves during his sessions.