Wakeup call: Just a bad day all around for the replacement refs


Wakeup call: Just a bad day all around for the replacement refs

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, September 24:

The Yankees' winning streak is over at seven, but -- thanks to the Red Sox -- they're still in first place. (AP)

The A's are proud that, after gut-wrenching defeats on Friday and Saturday, they were able to come away with one on Sunday. (CSN Bay Area)

Beware, Oakland: Here come the Angels. (AP)

That's five in a row -- and not a good five in a row -- for the White Sox. (CSN Chicago)

But, thanks to the Twins, they remain on top in the A.L. Central. (AP)

Maybe there'll be a race in the N.L. East yet. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Nationals are no sun-worshipers. (CSN Washington)

Adrian Gonzalez has broken his power slump. (AP)

Good news: Dusty Baker's out of the hospital. (AP)

The last-place Marlins can console themselves with the knowledge that their manager thinks they have nice bodies. (NBC's Off The Bench)

The hits just keep on coming for Billy Gillispie. (AP)

Saint Mary's? Under NCAA investigation? Really? (AP)

Torii Hunter's son is headed to Notre Dame. (NBC's College Football Talk) Torii Hunter has a son old enough to go to college . . . ?

Oregon's reward for its 49-0 throttling of Arizona: A No. 2 ranking. (AP)

If you're a reporter, the 'Ol Ball Coach will talk at you. Just not with you. (AP)

The winner, and FedEx Cup champion: Brandt Snedeker. (AP)

Yeah, Tiger Woods has lowered the bar a little. But he's still happy to be where is now, compared to where he was a year ago. (golfchannel.com)

It's not much. But it's something, (AP)

Jim Devellano learned that silence is golden in the NHL. (AP)

Just a bad day all around for the replacement refs (NBC's Pro Football Talk) . . . as you know if you watched the Patriots game.

They seem to have the formula down pat in Denver. Too bad it's not a winning formula. (AP)

Not a bad first win for the Raiders, all things considered. (CSN Bay Area)

It looked frightening -- as in, Darryl Stingley-like frightening -- but Darrius Heyward-Bay is in stable condition after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from the Steelers' Ryan Munday. (CSN Bay Area)

The Patriots' loss to the Cardinals isn't looking so bad now, is it? (AP)

Say it Ain't so! (AP)

It's Cortland Finnegan's turn to Cutler-bash. (CSN Chicago) And this after Cutler beat him.

Tough sport, right Matt Schaub? (Pro Football Talk)

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.


Red Sox promote Eddie Romero assistant general manager, won't hire GM to replace Hazen


Red Sox promote Eddie Romero assistant general manager, won't hire GM to replace Hazen

The Red Sox on Tuesday named Eddie Romero senior vice president and assistant general manager. In a press release announcing the move, the team stated it will not fill the position of general manager for the time being. 

Romero’s promotion comes following the departure of general manager Mike Hazen, who left this month to become Arizona’ GM. Hazel brought Amiel Sawdaye, who had served as Boston’s vice president of international and amateur scouting, with him to the Diamondbacks, with Sawdaye serving as an assistant GM for Arizona. 

The 37-year-old Romero is the son of former Red Sox infielder Ed Romero Rr. Romero served last season as Boston’s vice president of international scouting, overseeing amateur scouting in Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe. 

Romero is in his 11th season with the Red Sox, having previously worked in international and professional scouting for the team and becoming Boston’s director of international scouting in 2012.