BOSTON — Eighteen a long time in the past, in his 1st push gathering as the owner of the Florida Marlins, John Henry held up a placard that browse “In Dave We Trust.” It was meant to be a visible vote of self-assurance for Dave Dombrowski, the team’s incumbent general manager.
If Henry had attended Wednesday’s information convention at Fenway Park, he could possibly have felt compelled to dust off the previous sign.
Dombrowski, now the president of baseball functions for a Boston Purple Sox crew that is owned by Henry, resolved to fire manager John Farrell this 7 days soon after the Sox have been booted in the 1st round of the playoffs for the second time in a row. But before he could crack the information to Farrell, he necessary to apparent it with Henry.
“John fundamentally mentioned, ‘That choice is up to you,’ ” Dombrowski mentioned.
In Dave he trusts.
Henry seems to be asking the exact same from Purple Sox followers. Dombrowski made available strikingly small in the way of an clarification for why now was the time to cut the cord with a manager who gained a few division titles and a Earth Collection in 5 seasons. He claimed it was not a immediate response to an additional postseason flop but somewhat an accumulation of “a whole lot of diverse things.”
“I am not heading to share details,” Dombrowski mentioned. “Individuals are things I keep to myself.”
That’s Dombrowski’s prerogative. But his absence of transparency about a choice that was only his — the absence of both equally Henry and chairman Tom Werner from Wednesday’s information convention only supports the notion that Dombrowski made this call on his possess — also suggests the tension is all on him now.
With out Farrell to take in most of the slings and arrows, the Purple Sox are Dombrowski’s mess now.
“When you don’t engage in properly, when you don’t win a world championship, it is really not all on the manager by any suggests,” Dombrowski mentioned. “Some of the players failed to engage in as properly. Could I have specified them some better players? We all share in these tasks.”
The actuality is, Dombrowski failed to offer Farrell with nearly ample offense to win a Earth Collection. He selected not to go after Edwin Encarnacion, the major slugger on the free-agent sector previous wintertime, as a replacement for retired David Ortiz. Alternatively, Dombrowski signed 1st baseman Mitch Moreland to a one-12 months offer and traded for Chris Sale in an try to bolster the pitching team.
Immediately after viewing the Purple Sox rating 93 fewer operates than previous time, Dombrowski can not afford to pay for to sit out the derby for before long-to-be-free-brokers J.D. Martinez or Eric Hosmer.
But the Sox skipped far more than Ortiz’s bat. It was assumed Dustin Pedroia would just take the management torch from Large Papi, but he has never been comfortable in that function. Dombrowski passed on signing high-character veterans who have been accessible in free company. Carlos Beltran wound up with the Houston Astros and Matt Holliday with the New York Yankees, and both equally teams have been better for acquiring them in the clubhouse.
Ace lefty David Cost stepped into that management vacuum, but his process of unifying crew — declaring war on the media, dressing down broadcaster Dennis Eckersley on the crew aircraft, deriding Farrell by calling him “Manager John” — set the completely wrong tone.
If Dombrowski is just not cautious about deciding upon the following manager and bordering Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and the relaxation of the Purple Sox’s impressionable youthful core with proven leaders, the clubhouse society could transform even far more bitter.
“I consider it is really a scenario in which we went by means of a changeover,” Dombrowski mentioned of the team’s makeup soon after Ortiz’s retirement. “You can constantly get better. We search to get better. I consider youthful players’ expansion will make a distinction in that regard. A new manager coming in will supply just an over-all diverse dynamic, a change. And we will see what happens in that regard.”
Dombrowski now has a partial record of managerial candidates, a sign that he contemplated permitting Farrell go prolonged before he in fact did it. Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who performed for the Purple Sox from 2005 to ’08 and has a romance with Pedroia, most likely will get an job interview. Ditto for longtime former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who expended the time as the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ bench coach. Brad Ausmus, hired by Dombrowski in 2014 with the Detroit Tigers but not long ago fired, also figures to get a search.
Two entire seasons into his tenure with the Purple Sox, Dombrowski continues to marvel at the intensity and passion of working in Boston. Farrell was matter to unceasing criticism from followers and media. Every single manager gets second-guessed for how he handles the bullpen and other in-activity moves, but couple offer with it on the exact same degree Farrell did.
Dombrowski certainly will just take that into consideration when it will come to employing a manager.
“It really is just like a general manager’s place that they’re open for issues and debates and second-guessing,” Dombrowski mentioned. “And even far more so than a general manager since they’re building moves when you can bunt, or strike and run, or steal.”
That could possibly have been correct for Farrell. But when it will come to scrutiny, the new Purple Sox manager will just take a again seat to Dombrowski in the impending time.
Immediately after all these a long time, Dombrowski nevertheless has Henry’s trust. But if the Purple Sox don’t get closer to their target of profitable an additional Earth Collection, it eventually will get started eroding.