Cubs president Theo Epstein vowed to look inward last month for solutions to Major League Baseball’s systemic racism, highlighting his own hiring practices in baseball and how “majority” of those he’s hired have similar backgrounds as him.
“The system doesn’t fix itself,” Epstein said June 8. “It’s on each of us to take action to stand up and make some changes.”
One such change for Epstein’s Cubs was creating a diversity committee to “make sure we set better standards for ourselves and make ourselves accountable to do better on these issues.” Thursday, he said the committee has been established and had its initial meeting.
The committee is comprised of 15 members of the Cubs organization, from both the business and baseball operations departments. Epstein, president of business operations Crane Kenney and chairman Tom Ricketts are not on it.
Epstein believes the committee has an opportunity to make a difference in several important areas that baseball has real room for improvement. Look no further than Rockies’ Ian Desmond’s powerful Instagram post this week highlighting baseball’s culture problem, from racist jokes in clubhouses to having one Black general manager and two Black managers league-wide to less than 10 percent of players being Black.
Epstein has said time and time again actions and results matter, not words, and reiterated that point on Thursday.
“So, the way the committee was structured and chartered, it has real authority and I think a real opportunity to make a difference in several important areas where we have real room for improvement,” he said. “So, I don't want to get out ahead — let our words get out ahead of our actions — but I think you can look forward and we’ll keep you updated as we turn our aspirations into real action within the organization.”