Source: Cubs' ban on alcohol to remain

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein won't have to worry about instituting a ban on alcohol in the clubhouse, because that policy already exists, and a source familiar with the situation said Monday that the ban will remain intact.

Alcohol in the clubhouse became a hot-button topic with the Boston Red Sox after last season when stories emerged that pitchers were drinking in the clubhouse when they weren't pitching. A lack of focus was perceived as one of the reasons the Red Sox collapsed at the end of the season and missed the playoffs.

Manager Terry Francona was fired and Epstein, then the general manager, left Boston for the Cubs.

The Red Sox recently instituted a ban on alcohol in the home clubhouse and on the last leg of road trips.

The Cubs also ban alcohol in the home clubhouse and on return flights from road trips.

ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine contributed to this report.