Kennedy: Cherington's leading the search


Kennedy: Cherington's leading the search

The notion that's arisen in the last day or two -- that general manager Ben Cherington is no longer in charge of the Red Sox managerial search -- couldn't be more wrong, according to the team's chief operating officer, Sam Kennedy.

"Absolutely. Yes, he is leading that process and he's been doing a great job," Kennedy said Friday afternoon to Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Felger & Mazz' show, which is simulcast on Comcast SportsNet.

Early in the process, Cherington identified five candidates -- Dale Sveum, Pete Mackanin, Sandy Alomar Jr., Gene Lamont and Torey Lovullo -- and said there were no others. But Bobby Valentine's name surfaced Thursday and now there are reports that others are also involved.

Kennedy, however, said Cherington was being "respectful" of candidates that he hadn't named.

"I think that Ben was probably being respectful of other people that may or may not be under contract elsewhere." said Kennedy, "I'm not going to get too much into the details of the process, other than to say that there are there other people out there, there are conversations going on, and don't be surprised if you see other names pop up from time to time.

"To be clear, Ben Cherington is leading this process. He came into this job, I think, more prepared than even I knew. I knew he was ready, but I've been incredibly impressed by how he's done so far."

Kennedy also explained a bit about the process of choosing a manager.

"I think there's a misperception out there about how things work," he said. "We have a very collaborative way of doing things over here . . . Larry Lucchino is the president and CEO of this ballclub. He's got responsibility for the business side and the baseball side. I report to Larry on the business side, Ben reports to Larry on the baseball side. That was the same structure we had when Theo Epstein was here.

"Owners John Henry and Tom Werner are involved in every major decision, but they have other business interests . . . They're involved in some of the day-to-day decisions of the ballclub, but not all of them. But, certainly, choosing the next manager of the Boston Red Sox is going to be a collaborative process . . .

"We're not in a rush, but we are committed to finding the right guy."

WORLD SERIES: Kluber, Perez, Indians beat Cubs 6-0 in Game 1


WORLD SERIES: Kluber, Perez, Indians beat Cubs 6-0 in Game 1

CLEVELAND - Corey Kluber got the Cleveland Indians off to a striking start and Roberto Perez put away Chicago in the Cubs' first World Series game since 1945.

Kluber dominated into the seventh inning, Perez homered twice and the Indians beat the Cubs 6-0 in the opener Tuesday night. AL Championship Series MVP Andrew Miller escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh and got out of trouble in the eighth, preserving a three-run lead.

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Dombrowski, Red Sox making adjustments in wake of recent departures


Dombrowski, Red Sox making adjustments in wake of recent departures

In recent days and weeks, the Red Sox have lost their general manager, their vice president of amateur and international scouting, an assistant director of amateur scouting, a member of their analytics department and their mental skills coach.

But Dave Dombrowski, the team's president of baseball operations, insists that the team is not in danger of "brain drain.''

"No, not at all,'' said president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in a conference call with reporters. "We've lost some good people, but it's also a situation where we have a lot of good people and I think when you have a good organization, if you're winning and you expose people to situations, (a certain amount of exodus) happens. I think the other part of it is that we're more than capable of filling some of those roles from an internal perspective. We've got some quality people and I think the thing that's great about it is, it allows people to grow.''

Dombrowski announced that, in the wake of the departure of Amiel Sawdaye, the former VP of amateur and international scouting who left Monday to become assistant GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Sox were promoting Eddie Romero, formerly the vice president of international scouting, to the position of senior vice president/ assistant GM.

Romero, the son of former Red Sox utility infielder Eddie Romero Sr. will help Dombrowski in personnel matters and player development, while Brian O'Halloran, who has the same title as Romero, will continue to handle administrative matters including salary arbitration and contactual negotiations.

After the departure of Mike Hazen, who left to become GM of the Diamondbacks last week, Dombrowski interviewed Sawdaye and Romero as Hazen's potential replacements before determining that neither had the necessary experience yet to become a major league GM.

Dombrowski said there would be additional internal promotions and adjustments to announce in the coming weeks. He added that senior advisors Frank Wren and Allard Baird, each former general managers, would see their responsibilities increase when it comes to conducting trade talks with other organizations.

Sawdaye's departure is one of several this off-season for the front office. Earlier this month, Steve Sanders, who had been the team's assistant director of amateur scouting, left to become director of amateur scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Also, Tom Tippett, a longtime member of the team's statistical analysis staff, will leave soon too pursue other opportunities. The team recently informed mental skills coach Bob Tewksbury that his contact would not be renewed, according to the Boston Globe.

Dombrowski indicated that Laz Gutierrez would be promoted to take the place of Tewksbury.

In other news, Dombrowski revealed that the entire coaching staff -- hitting coach Chili Davis; assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez; first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr.; third base coach Brian Butterfield; bullpen coach Dana LeVangie; pitching coach Carl Willis; and bench coach Torey Lovullo -- had all agreed to return for 2017.

That, of course, is subject to change since Lovullo is believed to be a target of Hazen for Arizona's managerial vacancy.

Dombrowski said the Diamondbacks had yet to request permission to speak with Lovullo, though that may happen soon now that Hazen has hired Sawdaye to fill out his front office.

When Hazen was hired by the Diamondbacks, he was limited to hiring just one member of the Red Sox' Baseball Operations staff. But, Dombrowski added, that limit didn't apply to uniformed staff members such as Lovullo, who would be leaving for a promotion.