The timing was perhaps not great, but as Red Sox President-to-be Sam Kennedy explained this morning on WEEI, sometimes things just happen on their own time frame.
We’re talking of course, about last night’s huge Red Sox front office shakeup. The Red Sox announced in the middle of the game, in the middle of the Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon, that Dave Dombrowski was being named president of baseball operations. At the same time it was announced that GM Ben Cherington turned down an offer to remain in his position, and will leave the team, but will assist in the transition.
It truly is a big shakeup. The current structure of things has pretty much been in place since John Henry and his partners bought the team. Larry Lucchino has been the President/CEO and for most of the time Theo Epstein was the GM until leaving and being replaced by his assistant GM, Cherington, who shared many of the same philosophies and methods.
Now things will be completely different. Lucchino is leaving, now Dombrowski will be the face of the baseball side of things. Reports say that he will hire a new GM to replace Cherington, and that the whole organization will be assessed. Things have been gutted, and will need to be rebuilt from the top down.
When you’re looking at last place for the third time in four years, that sort of shakeup is to be expected, especially for a franchise with the resources of the Boston Red Sox.
Alex Speier looks at the incoming: With Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox seek better player evaluations.
And at the outgoing: In difficult business, Cherington never worried about job security.
Check Red Sox Links for the rest of the extensive coverage of this huge shakeup.
Tom Brady’s legal team and the NFL were in court again this morning, and Judge Berman was once again a bit prickly towards the NFL and how they have handled things.
Adam Schefter had posted this morning that league sources told him:
While it was Schefter reporting it, “league sources” have proved to be somewhat unreliable during this whole case. Albert Breer tweeted the following this morning, which seems to contradict Schefter’s report:
Per source, no material terms were offered during Tuesday's settlement talks on Brady. Parties still stuck on facts (re: guilt) of the case.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 19, 2015
When it came time for court, the NFL got cuffed around again. CSNNE’s Tom Curran who is in NY today, posted the following updates: