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Wednesday, 19 August 2015 02:24

Breaking News: Ben Cherington Out As Red Sox GM, Dave Dombrowski In

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The Boston Red Sox have announced that they have hired former Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski as the new President of Baseball Operations.

Ben Cherington, the general manager of the Red Sox since October 2011, has declined the opportunity to continue in that role, effective immediately.  Cherington will assist Dombrowski in the transition period, which could run through the remainder of the 2015 season.  Undoubtedly, the two will use the last month of the season to evaluate players, with the new GM getting a head start on the offseason and 2016.

Dombrowski will be responsible for all baseball operations matters starting immediately, and will report directly to Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, and to Chairman Tom Werner. 

Dombrowski was the GM of the Tigers from 2002 until earlier this month, when he was relieved of his duties during a disappointing 2015 campaign.  When he started with the Tigers, the team was in total disarray, losing 106 games in 2002 and 119 games in 2003.  By 2006 Detroit was in the World Series, and although his tenure did not bring a title to the Tigers, he did guide the team to four consecutive division titles from 2011-14 and another World Series trip in 2012.

Dombrowski did have some tough decisions in recent years, and many of them did not work out successfully.  The Tigers had a dominant starting rotation last season, but allowed ace Max Scherzer to walk in free agency, traded Doug Fister for a very underwhelming group of players, and eventually traded David Price this season at the deadline.  He also moved top prospect Devon Travis, who was having a great start to his career in Toronto before getting injured, for outfielder Anthony Gose, who is currently platooning with Rajai Davis in the Detroit outfield.

With the Tigers moving in the opposite direction this season, Dombrowski was let go, but the opportunity quickly arose for him to snatch another high-profile job with the Red Sox. 

Cherington's tenure in Boston will be viewed as a roller coaster ride, with an unpredictable and unlikely World Series title in 2013 followed by two wildly disappointing and frustrating seasons.  After a rough 2014, the team revamped its roster, and seemed poised to contend in a weak AL East division.  Instead, they currently sit 13 games out of first place in the East and have the second-worst record in the American League at 53-66.  Offseason acquisitions Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, and Rick Porcello have been disastrous, and the entire pitching staff could be considered the worst in baseball, which ultimately led to Cherington's dismissal.

The addition of Dombrowski and removal of Cherington is part of a historic change in the Red Sox organization.  President and CEO Larry Lucchino will be stepping down by the end of this year as well, with Executive Vice President and COO Sam Kennedy replacing him.  The status of manager John Farrell, who recently took a leave of absence for the remainder of the season due to being diagnosed with lymphoma, is also up in the air due to the team's performance and the new hires in the club.

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Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.