Red Sox fire Dave Dombrowski following 10-5 Red Sox loss to Yankees, naming Eddie Romero new head of operations.
What a turn of events.
Not even an hour after dropping 8.0 games out’ve the American League Wild Card with a 10-5 loss to the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox have officially made it clear that its time for a new head honcho. Dave Dombrowski has been fired as President of Baseball Operations.
Pretty insane when considering the fact that Dombrowski didn’t even get a full season after winning the 2018 World Series. Being the head architect of the undisputed greatest Red Sox team of all time, Dombrowski certainly deserves his share of credit and gratitude for what he managed to do during his tenure.
Dombrowski entered his stint in the Red Sox front office and did just as he’s notoriously been known for doing as a General Manager.
In the free agent market, Dombrowski dug in the Fenway Park pockets deep, acquiring David Price and J.D. Martinez in the free agent market. Landing them on contracts over the $100 million mark. He also re-signed Xander Bogaerts and Chris Sale to extensions combining for over $265 million. Granted, the Bogaerts contracted has made Dombrowski look like a genius with Bogey putting together an MVP-caliber season. Unfortunately the same can’t be said when speaking in regards to the 11-loss 2019 Chris Sale who’s season was put to an end before the end of summer.
Nevertheless Dombrowski also made some clutch trade market acquisitions that played huge in Boston’s 2018 title run. He landed the World Series MVP Steve Pearce after being released from the Toronto Blue Jays and acquired a fellow contender for the October award, Nathan Eovaldi. We all know about his game four heroics that have it’s place cemented in Red Sox history.
Now you can say Dombrowski took a few shots in the dark and hit the lottery when referencing those deals and I wouldn’t blame you. Play devils advocate and say that Dombrowski took what he could get due to his constant obsession with dealing off farm system talent (Drew Pomeranz trade, cough, cough). Even I don’t believe that Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi were the premier targets on Dombrowski‘ radar. Just like this season with Andrew Cashner. You take what you can get. However the two did work out, and beautifully so the credit needs to be given there.
As for his firing.
This was an absolutely justified move from the owners to call it a tenure with Dombrowski. It’s unfortunate to see a guy get canned a year after he wins a World Series following a franchise-high 108 win season. Yet... you can’t blame the Red Sox.
The 2019 season was pretty putrid, toxic, and just about as unwatchable as watching wet paint dry.
Dombrowski waited and watched as Joe Kelly and Craig Kimberl walked Fenway plank and onto the free agent market. Not a problem there. Can’t afford dishing out contracts like those to relief arms. That’s fine. Yet to not replace them with any major league caliber arms. That’s an issue. An issue that stood in the faces of the Red Sox since April and an issue that continued to exploit itself to a degree that left this team back nearly 20 games in September.
Thanks for 2018 Dave. We’ve now got work to do.