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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dave dombrowski, firings, red sox

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   101. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 10, 2019 at 10:41 PM (#5878265)
The short version: Dombrowski is out because he spent a huge amount of money and was no longer delivering results.

The last time they won the World Series was 10.5 months ago.

   102. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 11, 2019 at 12:31 AM (#5878297)
The last time they won the World Series was 10.5 months ago.

Well that's far too long between drinks. I want a title every 9 months, dammit! How do we do that?

What are we, the NY Yankees? As a Red Sox fan I would find it appalling, absolutely insulting in fact, to have only won ONCE in the last 19 years. Kids in NY will be turning 11 soon and have no idea what NY Yankees World Series Champs even feels like.

3 AL east titles, 1 WS title. They sure as heck didn't fire him for what he'd already done. I've no idea why they fired him, but I'm still going with incriminating images or other personal shenanigans!
   103. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 11, 2019 at 09:15 AM (#5878344)
The Yankee still have 3 players in the MLB Pipeline Top 100, #s 62, 63 & 68, while Boston has just one, #86.

None of those qualify as "top prospects".
   104. jmurph Posted: September 11, 2019 at 09:55 AM (#5878360)
Also Chavis was in the 70's before getting called up early in the year. Hate to have all of these really young players in the lineup every day, I wish they were goosing the ####### BA Top 100 rankings instead.

EDIT: Devers just abused the rest of the league all year at the age of 22, but maybe if they send him down he'll land in the top 5 prospect rankings next year!
   105. PreservedFish Posted: September 11, 2019 at 10:01 AM (#5878364)
Just imagine how good Dombrowski would be if he understood the value of a strong farm system as much as we fans do. It's too bad he let the Red Sox system wither and die.
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