Sox don't renew contract of coach Ron Johnson


Sox don't renew contract of coach Ron Johnson

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen

Ron Johnson, the Red Sox' first-base coach for the last two years, says he's been let go by the team.

Johnson, whose contract was up at the end of the 2011 season, just completed his 12th season in the Red Sox organization. Prior to being appointed to the big-league coaching staff in 2010, he managed Triple-A Pawtucket from 2005-09. He joined the organization in 2000, managing Single-A Sarasota. Johnson also managed Double-A Trenton in 2002 and Portland in 2003-04.

Obviously, Im disappointed, Johnson said. I always considered myself a Red Sox for life. I have the utmost love for a lot of people there. But thats baseball and things happen, and its time to start a new chapter.

"But I will never forget what they did for me. I told them, You guys are like family to me. I understand what you need to do. And no matter what uniform Im wearing Ill always be kind of rooting for them because theres a lot of special people over there. And for me, more than probably most, because of the personal things I got involved with when my daughter go hurt.

Johnson left the team at the beginning of August in 2010, after his youngest child, Bridget, just a few days shy of her 11th birthday, lost her leg in a car accident. He missed the last two months of the season.

Shes doing real good. Shes moving around good, he said.

Johnson, a 24th-round pick of the Royals in 1978, began coaching in the Kansas City organization in 1986. Between the Red Sox and Royals, he compiled a minor league managing record of 1,261-1,262 from 1992-2009.

He intends to stay in the game.

Ive had a couple of years at the big leagues with the Red Sox. I won 1,000 games in the minor leagues. Im very proud of the players we were able to develop who are up there playing right now for the club, he said. Hopefully, that stuff will all play in when it comes down to time to get a job.

Johnson wouldn't comment on how the end of the Red Sox season played out.

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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.


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.