Dave Dombrowski earns Executive of the Year Award
It's about damn time Dave Dombrowski got some recognition for the success the Boston Red Sox enjoyed this past season.
The Red Sox president of baseball operations (that's his job, he ain't no lowly GM) earned Baseball America's Executive of the Year Award following the team's 2018 World Series win and best regular season finish in team history (108 wins, but who is counting?). All we can say here is it is about time he got some recognition for what he has done for this ball club--and it can't be repeated enough, hence why I said it twice.
Here's what the team had to say about the honor:
“It’s very difficult to find anybody who’s better at preparing for and reading the free agent market, along with the trade deadline,” Red Sox senior vice president of player personnel Allard Baird told Baseball America. “I think Dave does that second to none.”
This is true. Dombrowski has gone out and gotten a lot of really talented players to complement the budding farm system the team had when he took over in Boston. Remember, this was a team who had endured back-to-back last place finishes before he started building them up and then all of a sudden, they earned three straight first place finishes (and a crown).
This is the guy who went out and signed David Price. This is the guy who traded for Chris Sale. He got World Series MVP Steve Pearce for next to nothing. He released Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez before their contracts expired for the betterment of the team. He went out and hired Alex Cora. This guy cares about winning--and it has been great having him in the Red Sox front office.
The guy has an eye for talent, no doubt about it, so we can't wait to see what he does this offseason.