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Hoyer promoted by Chicago Cubs

Plymouth native succeeds Theo Epstein as head of baseball operations

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

Jed Hoyer was promoted to president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs last week. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
November 26, 2020
CHICAGO, Ill. — From the fields of the Plymouth area to the biggest stages in Major League Baseball, it's a story of a local boy who has done pretty well for himself.

Jed Hoyer, a Plymouth native and a 1992 Holderness School graduate, was promoted to head of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, after his boss, Theo Epstein, stepped away from that position.

Hoyer and Epstein have worked side by side for more than 15 years, including a memorable stint with the Boston Red Sox.

"I have been so fortunate to work alongside Theo for 17 of the last 19 years," Hoyer said in a statement. "I could not have had a better mentor or a more loyal and trusted friend.

"He has already changed two storied franchises with his passion, creativity, intellect and leadership," Hoyer continued. "I have no question that the next chapters in his career will be equally impressive and impactful."

Hoyer and Epstein both joined the Cubs prior to the 2012 season and over the course of the next four years, helped rebuild the historic franchise into a World Series winning team in 2016, breaking a 108-year championship drought on Chicago's North Side. This came after the two were part of the historic Boston Red Sox championship in 2004 that ended that city's title drought.

Hoyer, who had been serving as the general manager for the Cubs, was reportedly in contract discussions with the Cubs about a contract extension.

"Jed has earned this opportunity and is absolutely the right person to take over this baseball operation at such an important time," Epstein said in a statement.

"The timing is right for a number of reasons," said Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts in a statement. "And most importantly, we are both thrilled that Jed is the person succeeding Theo. We have had our most successful period in over a century under Theo's leadership and we are grateful for everything he has given to this organization and this city."

After graduating from Holderness School, Hoyer went on to Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he was a shortstop and pitcher on the baseball team and still shares the school's career saves record. After graduation, he worked in the admissions and alumni/development offices at the school and served as a baseball coach.

Hoyer joined the Red Sox in 2002 and worked as an assistant to the general manager until 2005, when he was given the title of assistant general manager. He was part of a group of four executives who filled in when Epstein left his job in Boston in 2006 and for a brief period of time served as co-general manager with fellow New Hampshire native Ben Cherington until Epstein returned to his job in early 2006.

In 2009, Hoyer was hired as the general manager for the San Diego Padres before joining the Cubs in late 2011 in the same position.

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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