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Ted Lilly takes a job in the Cubs’ front office

Mar 4, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT

Ted Lilly AP

Ted Lilly, who announced his retirement in November after undergoing surgery to cauterize nerves in his neck,  has joined the Cubs’ front office as a special assistant to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.

Lilly was trying to make a comeback while pitching in Venezuela, but ultimately decided he simply couldn’t do it any more at age 37. He finished with 130 wins and a 4.14 ERA in 1,983 innings spread over 15 seasons for six different teams, earning more than $80 million.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Steady career. Can’t believe he is only a year younger than Jeter.

    Big mistake to try and make a comeback as a pitcher though. With his career OPS of .248 he could have probably talked Theo into giving him some starts as a corner outfielder.

  2. karlkolchak - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    “after undergoing surgery to cauterize nerves in his neck”

    Yeah, that sounds perfectly miserable. He definately left in all out there on the field. Best of luck to him in his new role.

  3. coryfor3 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Only pitcher I ever saw run the bases with reckless abandon and plow a catcher at the plate. I could never argue Ted Lilly’s effort and aggressiveness. It seems like there are an endless number of “special assistant” jobs in baseball with varying and amorphous duties.

  4. shorttracknews - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    George Costanza approves of this hiring

  5. sleepyirv - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Ted Lilly was a bright spot, personality-wise, on the Piniella Cubs. Nice that’s he’s back on the team.

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