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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski Fired

The Red Sox are at the top tier of payroll yet ticket demand was pretty soft this year. From what I read they still sold about 97%. What hasn’t been talked about is how soft the secondary market has been. It cost me a lot less money to attend games this year. I paid about 25% to 33% of what I’ve paid in past years for Red Sox tickets. I wasn’t alone. My friends and the people sitting next to me at games have as well. One usher wondered to me, “What happens when season ticket holders get tired of paying full price and sitting next to people paying a lot less for the same tickets?” At the same time NESN ratings are down.

Teams usually get a windfall for a few years after winning a World Series. That’s not the case in Boston right now.

A lot of Sox fans have become spoiled. Their expectations have become championship or bust. Many, many fans were calling for Dombrowski’s head this year. So, don’t underestimate the marketing side of this move.

The Red Sox and Dombrowski, briefly, flew in the face of this: In many ways, spending now and not building for the future to win now has become the new market inefficiency. They were the rusty nail in baseball, the new A’s, doing something the other 29 teams in baseball weren’t doing, trading like crazy, acting as if, insanely, the point of running a baseball team was to win as soon as possible. But when the Red Sox took a step back this year — and it’s worth noting they still have a better winning percentage in 2019 than the Mets have had in three years — the ownership group looked around, saw everyone else in baseball with a better profit margin than them (thanks to that looming luxury tax), despite not having that recent championship that they did, and decided it was the perfect opportunity to jettison Dombrowski and get with the program. Red Sox brass have been curiously quiet in publicly justifying the move, but Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci reported that the team was looking for a “a process-oriented architect who can steer the franchise efficiently through a difficult transition toward its next championship team.” That sounds … that sounds like every team in baseball. It sounds like the Red Sox are getting with the program. Dombrowski wanted to win too fast. That’s no way to keep your job.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2019 at 06:56 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

Monday, September 09, 2019

Boston Red Sox firing Dave Dombrowski sends shockwaves through Fenway Park

BOSTON—Shortly before the first pitch of Sunday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game, Dave Dombrowski was honored on the Fenway Park field with some of the team’s longtime employees. Wearing a mustard-colored jacket, he exited the field through a gate behind home plate and climbed the steps between sections 17 and 18 in the grandstand, stopping to take pictures with some fans who had spotted him.

It turns out those fans captured the fleeting moments of Dombrowski’s tenure as Boston’s president of baseball operations. As the Red Sox wrapped up their 10-5 loss to the Yankees on the field, word of a major shakeup started traveling around Fenway. At 12:07 a.m., team spokesman Kevin Gregg addressed a group of reporters, saying that Dombrowski had been fired and that an official press release would come Monday morning.

Ownership did not address the decision after it broke. Manager Alex Cora, who informed his players of the news after the game, was left to serve as the organization’s public face.

“I’m surprised and shocked, obviously,” Cora said. “Right now, I don’t have too much to say.

Anyone else getting the feeling that this sort of decision-making could wind up backfiring severely for the Red Sox?


QLE Posted: September 09, 2019 at 04:41 AM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, firings, red sox

Friday, September 06, 2019

Rosenthal: Dombrowski’s status a hot topic; my thoughts on Manager of the Year; home runs and more home runs – The Athletic

This idea is insane, which fits Dan Shaughnessy well. If the Red Sox fire Dombrowski, the hubris of ownership will be exposed.
I believed the Red Sox erred when they fired Cherrington. He was building a great farm system to establish a sustainable playoff model. After winning in 2013, ownership wanted to win NOW. They brought in Dombrowski who is great as a win NOW exec. He delivered. Now they might want to fire him for delivering? Insanity.

On Aug. 6, longtime columnist Dan Shaughnessy wrote in The Boston Globe, “I’ll be shocked if Dave Dombrowski is back with the Red Sox next season.” Dombrowski is under contract through 2020, but his status is a hot topic around baseball. Which raises the question: If the Sox replace him, what will be the expectation for their next top executive?

The way Sox ownership operates, back-to-back World Series titles would figure to be the new standard. Evidently, one championship is no longer enough.

The team’s hiring of Dombrowski in August 2015 prompted the resignation of general manager Ben Cherington less than two years after Cherington won a title. The removal of Dombrowski after this season would be even quicker – the Sox beat the Dodgers in the 2018 Series, remember? Oh, and almost forgot: The team, in its first three seasons under Dombrowski, won the AL East three times.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2019 at 10:32 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox




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