Dombroski Fired in the Middle of the Night

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So guess what?  I have read two books so far this year. Yes that’s right I have actually managed to read not one but two books.  Both books were about baseball and if you’re a seam-head like me both are worth checking out. 

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The first book is titled “Astroball.”  “Astroball” is about how the front office currently in Houston built the juggernaut that they are now.  It is the story of how they essentially stripped their entire organization down to the bone just so they could rebuild the franchise in their image.  Reading about their game plan and seeing it being executed made for a great read.  The second book is titled “The MVP Machine.”  This book is about how franchises are developing their young talent and how science, technology and analytics are helping players reach their peak potential.

These books have made me realize something...the Red Sox need a new wave team builder.  And on Sunday night, the Boston Red Sox decided to move on from Dave Dombrowski.  Now they have the chance to find that exact team builder.

What Dombrowski did for the Sox was awesome.  The franchise needed someone like him to come in and push them across the finish line.  That is exactly what he did.  The Red Sox needed pitching.  He signed David Price and traded for ace Chris Sale.  They needed a closer, so he went out and made that happen when he traded for Craig Kimbrel.  Boston also needed an anchor in their lineup to fill the void that Big Papi left.  Dombrowski brought J.D. Martinez on board when most thought that was a bad idea. 
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Because of Dombrowski, Boston was World Champions in 2018.

The go for it type of methods that brought a championship are also a huge reason why they are in the position they’re in.  The New York Yankees just showed Boston that they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.  Given the budgetary and roster limitations they possess, the Sox long term future isn’t as bright as the bombers. 

Added pressure is another reason why Dombrowski was let go.

Everyone knows Dombrowski’s skill set is to acquire and add on talent to a roster.  He is very good at this skill, but that is NOT what the Sox need going forward.  The organization has been backed into a corner.  They have aging talent with big contracts and a mediocre farm system at best.  Now they need someone who can come in and get them out of this less than ideal situation.

Although I do think that the organization did Dave a tad dirty.  To fire him in the middle of the night and before the end of the season tells a story that it is mostly his fault that they did not have success this year.  Like I said, ownership brought him in to accomplish a goal, and he did.  They should have let him walk away after the season ended.

Boston needs a smart, new school team builder now.  I think that this organization needs someone who can come in, get creative and get this organization back on track.  I think they want someone who can improve the long term outcome without sacrificing too much of the short term success.  It won’t be an easy position to fill, but the Red Sox have the resources to find their next team builder, whether they bring someone in or promote from their own organization.  If the right guy takes over the reins I think he can get this team back where it needs to be in the short and long term.

Franchises like the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers have guys in their front office that could be the right fit.  It is always good business to grab the descendants of the geniuses in the industry.  Jeff Luhnow, Erik Neander and Andrew Friedman are all gentlemen that are leading the way with their innovations and outside-the-box thinking to build sustainable franchises.  They all understand how to win in the short term, but not at the expense of the long term plan.

Only time will tell who the ownership decides to replace Dave Dombrowski.  I guess in the meantime you can check out one of those books I mentioned.


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