Bill James hired by the Red Sox

Red Sox fans, like Cubs fans, suffer long and hard. But at least Red Sox fans have some fairly progressive management to look forward to. John Henry has shown some uncommon baseball smarts and willingness to embrace new ideas which statheads and sabermetricians have been touting for years, and now they've gone and hired the most famous of all the baseball geeks, Bill James.
Meanwhile the Cubs look like they can get Dusty Baker if they want him. I have no idea how much effect a manager has on a baseball team, having never been part of a MLB roster. At least his teams have been successful, I guess.