Who is Chaim Bloom?

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The Boston Red Sox have recently unveiled the franchise’s newest team builder.  Chaim Bloom, pronounced Hi-um, was named the Chief Baseball Officer for the Sox.  If his title isn’t familiar to you, there is a reason for that.  He is the first ever CBO in Red Sox history.  Brian O’Halloran is actually the new Red Sox general manager.  So who is Chaim Bloom?  Why don’t we take a quick look.

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Bloom is only 36 years old and is a graduate from Yale.  Without a doubt he has a very good head on his shoulders.  He started his baseball career when he joined the Tampa Bay Rays front office as an intern in 2005.  In just three short years he was promoted to Assistant Director of Minor League Operations.  

He did it all for the Rays.  He was responsible for player evaluations and the expansion of video scouting.  Back in the early 2000’s, using extensive video to scout players wasn’t as prevalent as it is today.  What I like most about his early resume is that he was also over looking strength and conditioning as well as the mental aspect of the game.  I believe these frontiers are the next wave for getting an edge in baseball.   I see these aspects as holes in the Sox front office.  A fresh perspective with this much experience could lead to better player development going forward.  
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Bloom’s last title with Tampa was Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations.  Needless to say the man worked his way up, which I think is very admirable.  His Rays tenure lasted 15 years.  Being a part of that front office and accomplishing what they did with such little resources, one can only imagine what Bloom will do with all the Red Sox organization can provide.

I believe that Chaim Bloom was their guy from the jump.  I know reports surfaced that Andrew Friedman was the main target to take over for the Boston Red Sox, but I beg to differ.  The Dodgers team builder was adamant about staying in L.A. all along.  And I just don’t think that people as plugged into the baseball world as the Sox ownership are would be clueless to that fact.  

I don’t doubt that Boston admires Friedman’s ability.  This is evident because Bloom once worked underneath Friedman, so the Sox clearly wanted somebody with that type of mindset.  Sam Kennedy mentioned in the introductory presser that they consulted with many people around the game about hiring Bloom, further signaling that he was their target all along.  Chaim was also the only candidate that was brought in to interview from outside the organization.  I can’t say with any certainty that one is better for Boston than the other, but I do think Bloom was the guy ownership had their eyes on all along. 

It is obvious that the Sox ownership group wanted to evolve to the newer way of making front offices.  The title alone lends itself to the corporate structure you are seeing across the baseball world.  Bloom will be the top dog in Baseball Ops, but he is ready to work along with the executives that are already in place within the franchise.  During his press conference the term “collaborative leadership” came up more than a couple times.  He said that “people” are most important to him and I think that will show up in spades as the franchise moves forward with making decisions.  It seemed like Dave Dombrowski, even as successful as he was in Boston, didn’t operate that way.  Teamwork makes the dream work baby.

Coming from the Tampa front office you already know that Bloom will turn to analytics more often than not.  Using all the information at your fingertips to gain an edge is paramount in today’s game.  But there is such a thing as paralysis by analysis.  Bloom made it clear that he does NOT plan on filling out the lineup card every night for Alex Cora, nor will he force new trends like using an opener on the organization if it doesn’t make sense.  Chaim Bloom is the perfect guy to fill the role.  Dave Dombrowski was brought it to make a final push at a championship, and he was successful.  But that left the Sox depleted in more ways than one.  I think Bloom will come in and set the franchise up for long term sustainability.  You may be asking yourself, how?  Well you just may have to come on back to the Syndicate to find out. 


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