Theo Epstein is leaving the Chicago Cubs
Nov 13, 2019; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein speaks with members of the media during general managers meetings at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

In what has to be considered some shocking news, Theo Epstein has opted to leave the Chicago Cubs after spending the better part of the past decade as the team’s president and front office head.

The Cubs made the announcement via social media on Tuesday, ending Epstein’s largely successful run as the team’s head player personnel man.

Theo Epstein to leave the Chicago Cubs

This seems to have come completely out of left field. Since joining the Cubs back in October of 2011, Epstein has overseen one of the most-successful teams in MLB. His moves led to a World Series title for the Cubs back in 2016, their first championship in nearly a century.

All said, Chicago earned five playoff appearances in Theo Epstein’s final six seasons leading its front office. It’s also now being reported that current general manager Jed Hoyer will take over the president’s role with the Cubs.

MLB world reacts to Theo Epstein resigning

Theo Epstein Cubs

There’s obviously going to be rumors that Theo Epstein could ultimately head to the New York Mets under new owner Steve Cohen.

Remember, the Mets fired longtime general manager Brodie Van Wagenen hours after Cohen’s purchase became official. That’s where we start in looking at the top reactions to Tuesday’s monumental Epstein news.

Potential ownership for Epstein has also been bandied about after he takes a year off.

Regardless, the reactions were aplenty.

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