Late last night, it was announced that seasoned veteran Dave Dombrowski would be hired by the Boston Red Sox to be their new President of Baseball Operations. General Manager Ben Cherington was offered the option to continue working as the GM under Dombrowski, but declined. Cherington will stick around to help Dombrowski with the transition. The new GM will be hired by Dombrowski.
With Cherington’s departure and the hire of Dombrowski, a new era for the Red Sox and Red Sox Nation seems to be upon us.
And they couldn’t be happier.
Ever since Terry Francona left the Red Sox at the end of 2011, which was the right thing for him to do, things haven’t been the same around the team. It’s been since 2010 that this feeling has slowly riddled Fenway Park.
Since 2010, the Red Sox have made the playoffs only one time, which was in 2013, and ironically they won a World Series that year. But other than that, there was 2010, which was pretty irrelevant and included missing the playoffs for only the second time since 2003. 2011 had the forgettable, yet unforgettable, September debacle that propelled then-GM Theo Epstein to the Chicago Cubs and Francona simply out of town. 2012 was the last place, Bobby Valentine season that saw the team win 69 games. 2013 was the Boston Strong-World Series win. 2014 and 2015 have both been last place, and eventual last place finishes.
It’s been a rough five years, to say the least.
Cherington took over in October of 2011. With him as GM, from 2012-2015, there was really only one good year, and that year was unbelievable. Aside from the lightning in a bottle that was 2013, he had a team that finished in last place twice, and one that will eventually finish in last this year.
Dombrowski becoming president is truly amazing news, but Cherington resigning is the only thing that could beat it — and it happened.
Dombrowski will bring a fresh mindset to the team, something that has been needed for years, and will revamp a dying team and its fanbase. Cherington stepping down will allow for another brand new mind to be put to work to figure out why the Red Sox can’t win, despite the fact that they have the fourth-highest payroll in the league.
The question then becomes how well will Dombrowksi and the new GM work with team owners John Henry and Tom Werner? Henry’s comments all lead people to believe that they are ecstatic, and honored, to have Dombrowski as team president. They also love it since they know him as well.
But, Henry is the same guy that said in June that Cherington would be the GM for “years to come.” Yeah, how’s that going?
I think Henry is true to his word here, though. It’s no secret that the Red Sox need to bring people in from the outside, but the fact that they got someone like Dombrowski to come is truly remarkable.
It’s going to be incredibly difficult for him to properly manage things, especially since they are in shambles — the managerial job is in question, the roster is riddled with tons of bad contracts for underachieving players, the starting rotation is a gaping black hole, and the fan base seems to be on the decline, fed up with losing.
Dombrowski has his work cut out for him, but his hiring marks the beginning of a new era for the Red Sox.
Let’s hope it’s a good one.