In apparent reaction to the Chicago Tribune story that triggered this morning's post, Steve Stone clarified things for the Cub-loving world Thursday:

"I have no desire to be a general manager of a baseball team. Not the Chicago Cubs, not any of them. If any team asked me to be the general manager, I would definitively turn them down. It's a job for a very energetic fellow."

Stone said he has talked to more than one of the groups attempting to buy the Cubs, offering to play the role of adviser to whichever group winds up with the team.

"The role would be determined later, but I'll tell you what it won't be: The role will not be like a president, a chief executive officer, a chief operating officer or a general manager or an assistant to the general manager."

So we don't know the precise role or the title or even the executive group of which Stone would be a part.

Still, I'm going to say that if Steve Stone were to end up with significant player personnel responsibility in the Chicago Cubs organization, he would be one of the least qualified individuals to hold such a position in all of Major League baseball.


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