This is a good point. They have been around long enough to know each other and come in contact at GM meetings, etc. Obviously they never worked towards a common goal, but Bloom most likely has a favorable opinion.
None of these people make a material amount of money, and they don’t count toward the CBT threshold, so I don’t think the steps management has taken to retain them are irreversible if Chaim wants to move on from somebody. That said, I think Chaim got the job in part because he wants to keep most of the existing team in place.Fair point from Gasper here:
Was coming here to post the same basic thought. Gasper ignores the very likely fact that all of those names came up during Blooms interview(s) and the decision was likely arrived at with his input, at the very least.
And if it doesn’t work out, he’ll move on from them or vice versa. Henry didn’t force Bloom to work with these guys. Bloom will evaluate what they do well and not so well and adjust if need be. Hell they won a WS last year so they’re good.Was coming here to post the same basic thought. Gasper ignores the very likely fact that all of those names came up during Blooms interview(s) and the decision was likely arrived at with his input, at the very least.
These guys (and gal) are all close in age, working similar jobs with AL East teams... they probably know each other really well
I would say that its not only possible. Its probably very likely. All of these executives must spend a lot of time together at the league meetings and they likely talk fairly frequently about potential transactions etc.
I am happy with the Bloom signing and optimistic about the Red Sox future under his leadership.I wonder now if they had reached out to Bloom earlier and his expressed interest, and the team's desire to move quickly knowing this, was what drove them to dismiss Dombrowski when they did.
Once upon a time, Rays fans were apoplectic when Carl Crawford signed a free agent deal with the Red Sox. It was unthinkable. It was sacrilege. It was a violation of the natural order. The Rays would “never be quite the same’’ the New York Times wrote the morning after Crawford left.
This [Bloom to Boston]?
This is worse. Much, much worse.
I think the "first choice" thing is overrated. Frank Reich was not Indy's "first choice" for head coach of the Colts, but he turned out to be the best choice. I feel similarly about the Bloom hire. Looking forward to seeing how he re-shapes the Red Sox this winter.At least a half dozen executives who were speculated to be targets received contract extensions, presumably to head off any Red Sox interest. Then Taubman self-destructed.......Is there any indication that Bloom was even their first choice?
If he's so smart, why did he number the options 1-4 but then discuss A, C, and D?This article seems potentially relevant to the Mookie Betts situation. Also, it's stunning that he wrote it as a junior in college. Dude is smart.
im glad BOS didn't hire Allan Bloom
We still don't understand how good Alex Rodriguez is. When he signed a $252 million, 10-year contract in December 2000, there were two prevalent reactions: "The sky is falling!" and "He's really good, but Texas overpaid." Still, you could argue that A-Rod was worth it at the time. The sky...www.baseballprospectus.com
That's nearly the only place left where a team can use its financial weight with no ancillary consequences.I believe that Bloom will be served well by the current management group as he gets acclimated to the Red Sox organization. I would have liked to see Ferreira become the first woman GM in baseball but there's value in keeping people in roles where they are comfortable, and O'Halloran seems to have the right breadth of experience to step up to GM (his resume appears to be more well-rounded than Romero's or Scott's, IMO). I just hope that Henry and Werner give Bloom an open checkbook to expand the front office and scouting organizations as he sees fit and start the process of returning the Red Sox to the forefront of modern baseball management, operations and evaluation/analytics.
I've heard nothing bad or, frankly, unexpected. Usual platitudes and positive attitudes, and Bloom is being vague and non-committal in answering any questions about the roster and its construction in 2020. If anyone thinks he's really going to give a firm answer regarding, say, Betts' future or spell out in detail any of the moves he would like to make, they are in fantasy land. It's been a run of the mill introductory press conference.Why? What was said?
They won 3, the Yankees won 9 in a row from 1998-2006. The Blue Jays and Orioles have also won three in a row.They just finished a run where they became the first AL East team to win the division 4 consecutive years.
Sorry, my bad. It was the first time the franchise had won the American League/AL Easy 3* consecutive years.
Sir, does this mean that Ann-Margret's not coming?They’re talking about “sustainability” as if this isn’t a franchise that hasn’t won 4 World Series in 15 years including two this decade. They just finished a run where they became the first AL East team to win the division 4 consecutive years. If that isn’t sustainability, what is?
“sustainability” is the new euphemism for trimming payroll and everyone touting this model is conveniently ignoring that you can have a sustainable contender while spending money.
And it sounds like offloading Mookie’s salary was a condition of the job since trading him and getting under the payroll are essentially paired outcomes.