Dave Dombrowski Newsbeat
Monday, November 23, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
Ruben Amaro is not eligible for this list, since he was fired.
5. Brian Cashman
Ah, yes. Mr. Cashman. The mere refusal to advocate for his immediate firing draws venom from many fan corners. The Yankees haven’t won a playoff game since 2012, for crying out loud!
Look at the other names on this list. Only Mozeliak can relate to Cashman on one very important career track: In 18 years on the job, not once has Cashman made a “sell” trade, nor has he picked in the top half of the draft. Every other man ranked here has benefited greatly from playing the long game. Never has Cashman enjoyed an opportunity to do that. The decision to go crazy two winters ago, bringing aboard Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka — as opposed to ramping it down upon the retirement of the Core Four — was driven by ownership, and it also reinforces the considerable financial room for error that Cashman possesses.
What Cashman re-established last winter, though, is he has a pretty good feel for what he’s doing as he tries to balance the Yankees’ short-term and long-term ambitions. The acquisitions of Nathan Eovaldi and Didi Gregorius both look strong, as does the call to let David Robertson go to the White Sox, get the compensation draft pick and sign Andrew Miller for less money; the Yankees now have 15 postseason appearances in Cashman’s reign. And the farm system is producing again after its notable drought. The Yankees probably will never replicate their 1996-2000 postseason success; the Core Four will go down as the best quartet to debut in the same season in the history of professional sports, and the other teams have gotten smarter and richer. Yet Cashman has the Yankees on a track to be back in the mix every season.
Posted: November 16, 2015 at 11:03 PM | 48 comment(s)
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Someone has to get Dombrowski’s coffee in the morning.
The Boston Red Sox have hired Mike Hazen as general manager, the first big move by Dave Dombrowski since he took over as president of baseball operations in August.
Hazen has spent a decade in several areas of the team’s major league operations, including player acquisitions, player evaluation, contract negotiations, major league scouting and pro scouting.
“Over his 10 years with the Red Sox, Mike has proven to be an invaluable member of the baseball operations department,” Dave Dombrowski, Boston’s president of baseball operations, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have him in this position and I’m excited to have him working with me on every aspect of baseball operations.”
Hazen, 39, spent five years in the Indians organization before coming to Boston, holding titles in Cleveland of assistant director of player development, coordinator of major league advance scouting, and assistant director of pro scouting.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
The Tigers had heard only intermittently from the Mets. Dombrowski assumed that was because they were getting Gomez from the Brewers. But that deal fell apart, and when Alderson called Friday, he said: “We really want to go after Cespedes.”
“I’m sure he was working on other things,” Dombrowski said. “[Justin] Upton’s name was out there, a couple of others. At one point we didn’t know what his priority was, but he kept in contact with me, and it really came down to the Mets had the best package for us. We really liked Fulmer a whole bunch, and the other guy in the package [minor league pitcher Luis Cessa] had a good arm.”
Jim Leyland, the former Tigers manager now a special assistant with the team, made a call to Mets manager Terry Collins, a good friend. “Jim said, ‘Terry, get him—he’s going to help you guys,’” Dombrowski said.
In the GM portion of our links today…Dave Dombrowski.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
GMs and making trades, two of my favorite topics.
“It’s changed a lot to now from then. Back then the contracts weren’t that big deal. Now you have to have a lot more information,” Dombrowski said. “I guess, looking back, the thing I learned was how each trade can be so different. With some it’s one phone call and done, and others can go on for months. There was no sure, 100 percent way to do it. You just had to be open-minded to every which way to go about. The one thing was that you always had to be ready and prepared.”
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Who wouldn’t like college work spread throughout the Internet almost 40 years later?
“This answer is not known at this time, but it appears that baseball is moving head-on toward the answer. If tickets reach a price level of ten dollars per person, it will cost a family of four at least fifty dollars to attend a game, which would seem to push the game out of the price level of the average family. Attending a game would become a novelty, and the average fan who is the true supporter of the team would no longer be able to afford the pleasure.”
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Some more info about the change at the top in Boston. It includes some interesting quotes, including this one:
Dombrowski said he saw an MLB network segment this spring in which Ramirez was ranked the No. 1 left fielder in baseball entering the season.
“I remember at the time saying, ‘How can people make that statement when they don’t know if he can play left field or not?”’
So, he’s clearly not a fan of “The Shredder”.
Posted: August 20, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 9 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The Nationals? That’s very surprising.
Dombrowski, who interviewed three hours last Thursday at the MLB owners’ quarterly meetings with the Red Sox, told USA TODAY Sports that he also had a formal interview with another club, and spoke with a third club. One of the clubs, according to a person familiar with the talks, was the Washington Nationals.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the topic.
I don’t believe the Red Sox will de-emphasize the numbers. It’s all about best integrating scouting and sabermetrics.
The Red Sox will not completely abandon the numbers; these days, all teams blend the subjective and objective, only to different degrees. Dombrowski’s first task will be to undo some of the mess that Cherington created, whether it’s dumping Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, just one of them, maybe others. But once Dombrowski gets rolling, the Red Sox could be formidable again quickly, considering their vast resources and wealth of young talent.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
With the Tigers at the end of a good run, it might be a good time for Dombrowski to head to a new place.
One name that could be added to that list: Dave Dombrowski, the club’s president and general manager for 14 seasons.
Dombrowski’s contract expires at the end of October, and on Friday he declined to speak about his status when contacted by FOX Sports. However, major-league sources say there’s been no recent progress toward an extension for Dombrowski.
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