BOSTON – Less than a season after the Boston Red Sox wrapped up the 2018 season with a World Series victory, team president Dave Dombrowski has been fired, although the news trickled out after midnight and immediately after the Sox loss to New York.
On Monday morning, the Red Sox made it official via a news release when they announced that the club “parted ways” with President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski.
The team statement noted Dombrowski was notified of the club’s decision by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, and President & CEO Sam Kennedy.
“Four years ago, we were faced with a critical decision about the direction of the franchise,” said Henry. “We were extraordinarily fortunate to be able to bring Dave in to lead baseball operations. With a World Series Championship and three consecutive American League East titles, he has cemented what was already a Hall of Fame career.”
Dombrowski was named president of baseball operations on August 18, 2015. He has worked in baseball for over 40 years, and is among a handful of executives who have constructed World Series winning teams in both the National and American Leagues.
“Dave will hold a special place in franchise history as a key architect of one of the greatest Red Sox teams ever assembled,” said Werner. “His willingness to make bold moves helped deliver our fourth World Series Championship in the 21st century.”
“Dave and I enjoyed a tremendous partnership these past four seasons,” said Kennedy. “His baseball acumen and relentless pursuit of winning produced a season that will long be remembered by all of us.”
The Red Sox statement also noted a search for the next baseball operations leader has begun immediately. During this process, the baseball operations department will be led by Assistant General Managers Brian O’Halloran, Eddie Romero and Zack Scott. In addition, Senior Vice President of Major and Minor League Operations Raquel Ferreira will be adding responsibilities to her assignment as the process unfolds.
The firing of Dombrowski, who is under contract to the team through next season, came after the Red Sox lost 10-5 to the visiting New York Yankees, leaving Boston eight games behind the Oakland A’s for the second AL wild-card berth.
The Red Sox, who have won four championships in the last 15 years, lost to the Yankees for the 13th time in 18 meetings this season, and they’re in third place in the American League East, 17 1/2 games behind New York despite their 76-67 record.
Dombrowski was hired by Boston in August 2015 after he was released by the Detroit Tigers.
The 2018 Red Sox won their division for the third straight season, with last year’s championship team setting a franchise record with 108 wins. The Red Sox capped the season by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win the World Series.
–Field Level Media