Dave Dombrowski, hired as president of baseball operations by the Red Sox on Aug. 18, 2015, in a manner just as abrupt and obtuse as his firing Sunday night, could not survive four full seasons in the role. Yet in his three full seasons, the Red Sox finished in first place three times in the fierce American League East. And last season, they won a franchise-record 108 games, then blasted through three superb teams — the Yankees, Astros, and Dodgers — to win the World Series with just three total postseason losses. Ten months after doing exactly what he was brought here to do, Dombrowski is out of work, dismissed on a Sunday night with the faded Red Sox playing an irrelevant game against the Yankees opposite the Patriots’ season opener on “Sunday Night Football.’’ And we thought the February 2017 firing of Claude Julien by the Bruins just as the champion Patriots were making their way down Boylston Street on duck boats was a clumsy attempt at a news … [Read more...] about Dave Dombrowski’s firing makes sense, but the timing does not
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COMMENTARY You’re probably aware that the New York Yankees have 13 players on their injured list, among them expected lynchpins Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, and Giancarlo Stanton. That list might be 14 or 15 before it’s 12: On Sunday, Gio Urshela (batting .351/.415/.509 at third) took a pitch off his wrist and DJ LeMahieu (.310 with nine doubles and 15 RBI) came out with a stiff knee — he’d fouled a ball off it Friday. “It’s like we have a new face in our locker room every day,” Luke Voit told reporters on a boisterous Sunday in San Francisco. “It’s fun, man, because no one thinks we should be winning these games and everyone on our club, before the game and after the game, is cheering for each other and happy. Our confidence is through the roof.” They are boisterous because the Yankees are 12-3 since April 12, best in the majors. The Red Sox, after 2-1 and 5-2 losses to Tampa Bay this weekend, are 11-17 period. One series … [Read more...] about Another befuddling Red Sox series not about the loss so much as the less
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The World Series champion Boston Red Sox won a series for the first time this season when Andrew Benintendi hit a grand slam and a tiebreaking ninth-inning sacrifice fly and catcher Christian Vázquez picked off Tommy Pham for the final out in a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night. Boston had lost four of its first six series and split the other two during a 6-13 start, its worst since 1996. The Red Sox beat the AL East-leading Rays 6-4 in Friday’s series opener. Before the game, the Red Sox put right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the disabled list because of loose bodies in his pitching elbow and said it has not been determined whether he will need surgery. Rick Porcello gave up two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, Matt Barnes (2-0) won after allowing Yandy Diaz’s tying home run leading off the eighth, and Ryan Brasier got his fifth save in six chances after getting into trouble. Daniel Robertson singled leading off and … [Read more...] about Andrew Benintendi helps Red Sox register 2nd consecutive win
Being the most aggressive, living-in-the-present, future-be-damned franchise in baseball has served the Boston Red Sox well, bringing together the players who last season delivered the franchise its fourth World Series title this century. Doing so required the Red Sox to push their payroll well beyond the luxury tax threshold and to strip their farm system of prospects, but as the saying goes, “Prospects are cool; parades are cooler.” It was easy to get behind the Red Sox’s philosophy when the team was winning 108 games and going 11-3 against the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 postseason. But when that same team, with largely the same roster, approaches the 20-game mark of the new season as one of the worst teams in the game – with a 6-13 record, a minus-42 run differential and a 6.01 ERA entering Friday – the effects are doubly concerning, and the solutions are few. The Red Sox’s aggression carried them to a … [Read more...] about The Red Sox went all-in last season and won big. It’s costing them this year.
For the fourth time since 2005, Fenway Park opened a new baseball season with a special ceremony. A new World Series banner was raised, and championship rings were handed out. A packed crowd ignored the chilly weather, celebrating the 2018 Red Sox one final time at the 2019 home opener. It was a display filled with Boston sports stars past and present, ushering in the new season with historical flourish. It began an hour before first pitch with fanfare from the Boston Pops, conducted by Keith Lockhart. Accompanied by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the musical arrangement included an unsurprising choice: “We are the champions,” by Queen. Banners of previous World Series titled were draped over the Green Monster as fans cheered, culminating with the unveiling of the 2018 version. Past Red Sox winners were also marked by the presence of a few familiar faces who carried in the World Series trophies. The procession emerged from out of the Green Monster, led by 2004 champions … [Read more...] about The Patriots joined the Red Sox to celebrate both teams’ recent championships