Red Sox to name Epstein, 28, GM

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2002

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox will hire Theo Epstein as their general manager, a team source told The Associated Press on Sunday night.

Epstein, 28, will be the youngest GM in baseball history when the team makes the announcement, which is expected to come Monday. Randy Smith was 29 when he was hired by the San Diego Padres in 1993.

The Red Sox have been without a permanent general manager since Florida financier John W. Henry bought the team in spring training and fired Dan Duquette. Mike Port was named interim GM for the season and was a candidate for the long-term job that went to Epstein.

Reached at home Sunday night, Port said he was ''in the loop'' on the decision but declined to say what it was.

''I think they plan an announcement,'' he said. ''I think we just need to let that take care of it.''

But a Red Sox official told the AP on Sunday night that the announcement was ready, and that it would be Epstein.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino did not return repeated calls. Henry did not immediately respond to an e-mail requesting comment.


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