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A pressure-packed challenge for Theo

Once a baseball prodigy himself, MacPhail says Epstein will face higher expectations

Updated: October 26, 2011, 8:22 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

At 41, Andy MacPhail was four years older than Theo Epstein when he came to Chicago to run the Cubs in the fall of 1994, but he too was every bit the baseball prodigy.

Like Epstein, MacPhail, a member of baseball's young elite, already had two World Series titles on his resume. MacPhail was also the last executive traded in baseball, arriving in Chicago in exchange for a Class A pitcher sent to Minnesota in compensation for the much-heralded hire by the Cubs.

"There were similarities," ...

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