After much speculation Sunday evening the Boston Red Sox came out with an official announcement on the firing of President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski on Monday afternoon. The Red Sox said there would not be a press conference held towards the matter, which makes you wonder what exactly happened after just winning the World Series a season ago.
From the official press release:
“The Boston Red Sox today announced that they have parted ways with President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski.
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.”
With the firing of Dombrowski, Assistant General Managers Brian O’Halloran, Eddie Romero, and Zack Scott will lead the baseball operations department. Senior Vice President of Major and Minor League Operations Raquel Ferreira will take on an expanded role within the transition as well.
Now the search begins for a new President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox and their front office.
One name has surfaced, even though he currently holds a powerful position with the Arizona Diamonbacks as the Vice President and General Manager of Baseball Opperations, Mike Hazen.
Mike Hazen is a native of Massachusetts, he also spent 10 years in the Red Sox organization holding numerous different positions from Director of Player Development to ultimately being named General Manager in 2015. As GM Hazen played a top role as an Aide to team president Dombrowski, helping in the overall decision making within front office operations, although Dombrowski always had final say over all decisions made.
The question is being raised, with Dombrowski out of the picture, and the resume Mike Hazen has put together, especially with the success he has had in Arizona in such a short time, could there be a reunion in line with Hazen and the Sox?
Heres the breakdown:
The Red Sox could ask the Diamondbacks for permission to interview Hazen, if not a full on interview possibly just a conversation, but the Sox have to first gain permission to even speak to Hazen about any kind of business opportunity. Next you have to wonder if Hazen is even interested, I mean afterall he spent 10 years in the Organization and was raised in Massachusetts as well. One would think that there may be some interest there on Hazens behalf, for instance the whole reason he came to the Dbacks was because he finally wanted full autonomy to run a team as he wanted to, well that opportunity is now available with the Red Sox.
In an interview with 98.7 Arizona Sports Station Diamondbacks Manager Torrey Lovullo stated:
“Mike and I have great conversations. We’ve been doing this a long time, and we both have the same dream and the same goal, every single day, and that’s to work tirelessly for the Arizona Diamondbacks daily to help us win a world championship. I know he’s aligned with that, we talk about it often. We know that’s the big plan. We don’t lose sight of what’s happening day by day.
“I’m not concerned about him leaving the organization whatsoever. I know that he wants to win a world championship as badly as I do in Arizona.”
Ultimately it comes down to whether or not the Red Sox call and if they do will the Diamondbacks allow conversations to take place. For now though it is purely speculation because of the history between Mike Hazen and the Red Sox. More than likely Hazen will continue to develop what he has begun to create in the desert, but you can’t help but wonder at the same time.
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