While it may have shocked the baseball world, the Red Sox parting with Dave Dombrowski follows a league-wide trend.
To be frank, anyone who anticipated the Boston Red Sox to part ways with their President of Baseball Operations following Sunday night’s contest is merely not being honest. There was plenty of smoke that Dombrowski was on his way out in Boston; however there was nothing to indicate that he’d be fired so quickly.
While the timing came as a surprise, the overall philosophy of changing management is not. It’s a bit concerning that the Red Sox have swapped GM’s twice within the past five seasons between Ben Cherington – and now – Dave Dombrowski. Many analysts say that baseball is becoming “an older game;” however take a look at the age of the current successful, or positive trending GM’s. Brian Cashman (52), Billy Beane (57), Theo Epstein (45), Chaim Bloom / Rays’ VP (35), Mike Hazen (45), Alex Anthopoulos (42), A.J. Preller (41)…noticing an overall trend here?
At 63 years old, Dombrowski was one of the oldest GM’s in all of baseball. To say that age is a factor would be foolish, but take note of the philosophies of these young and innovative men – sustainable financial futures and young budding stars. Outside of the Cubs and Yankees, the rest of these managers are piloting teams outside of the top ten in baseball in payroll.
It used to be a strategy – long utilized by the New York Yankeees – to build a high payroll team, built to win-now. The Boston Red Sox used the strategy to a sense of success, ending in a World Series championship; however the future state of the club hinges on minimal cap flexibility and a smaller pool of long-term talent.
Major League Baseball is building through innovation, such as the Tampa Bay Rays and the opener, and young talent. Certainly, the Boston Red Sox will seek to do the same.
Eddie Romero (39) has been tabbed as the interim President of Baseball Operations and may very well stick if he continues to progress in his abilities. While Romero will be given a chance, don’t expect them to hire anyone permanently without plenty of interviews. Expect Chaim Bloom, with the Rays, to get a good look to join an AL East foe.