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Morning Mound Visit: MLB hires Theo Epstein as consultant to commissioner’s office

Epstein’s new assignment; the shame of Charles B. Johnson; José Martínez signs with the Mets

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Al Yellon | Bleed Cubbie Blue: Theo Epstein, the long-time GM/Pres. of Baseball Ops who broke two long World Series droughts, has accepted his next assignment. Epstein is joining the commissioner’s office as a consultant regarding on-field matters. When leaving the Cubs, Esptein commented on the strikeout rate being out of control, so he’ll likely advocate for measures to reign it in.

Kerry Crowley | The Mercury News: San Francisco Giants principal owner Charles B. Johnson, who came under fire for his donations to Cindy Hyde Smith and a racist radio ad that played in Arkansas, has continued to donate to candidates who uphold white supremacy and have tried to dismantle our democracy. His affiliation with the team is shameful.

Lukas Vlahos | Amazin’ Avenue: The Mets signed José Martínez to a split contract on Thursday. Martínez will earn $1 million with up to $500,000 in incentives if makes the major league roster. Martínez, a notorious clankmitt, needs to hit if he’s to be a productive player, but he didn’t do that at all in 2020. Martínez needs to reverse course from the .248 wOBA he put up in 34 games.