Hoyer sure has opportunity in San Diego

New Padres GM facing decisions, none bigger than what to do with star first baseman

Originally Published: November 16, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein scoffs at the notion that he's overseeing some sort of Bill Walsh-caliber "tree" now that two of his former assistants, Arizona's Josh Byrnes and San Diego's Jed Hoyer, have left the Boston franchise to run teams in the National League West.

First, the whole executive tree concept focuses too much on the organization at the expense of individuals. Epstein is convinced that Byrnes and Hoyer were destined to become general managers regardless of ...

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