Cherington Out As Sox GM
Three years of finishing at the bottom of the American League East is enough, and the Red Sox on Tuesday August 18th announced that they have hired Dave Dombrowski as President of Baseball Operations. Current General Manager Ben Cherington has chosen not to stay on as GM, but will assist Dombrowski with the transition.
In statements released by the Red Sox the ownership said
"I have known Dave very well for a long time," principal owner John Henry said. "[Chairman] Tom [Werner] and I have no doubts that Dave is the right person to strengthen our baseball operations group going forward. He is one of the most highly regarded executives in all of baseball, and had options to go with other Clubs. We feel very fortunate that he wanted to come to Boston, and wanted to further his career -- now with the Red Sox -- as one of the great architects of winning baseball clubs."
"Although we have achieved tremendous success over the last fourteen seasons, we had reached a clear internal consensus that we needed to enhance our baseball operation," Werner said. "In nearly four decades in the game, Dave is a proven winner and he can restore winning ways to Yawkey Way and help to fulfill the Red Sox goal, every year, to be playing meaningful games into October."
And Dombrowski said in a statement released by the Red Sox
"I want to thank John and Tom for this opportunity," Dombrowski said. "Although I did have other potential options within baseball, there was no option that stood out as clearly as the chance to come to Boston and win with the Red Sox. Boston is a baseball city like no other and its history and traditions are unique in our game. I expressed to John and Tom that Boston would be my absolute top choice and am honored to have the chance to serve Red Sox Nation."