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SBD/October 9, 2012/Franchises
Red Sox Hold Fenway Open House To Appease Season-Ticket Holders After Dismal Year
Published October 9, 2012
POWER STRUGGLE SOLVED? In Providence, Brian MacPherson wrote Red Sox GM Ben Cherington is "as empowered as he has ever been." If it "wasn't Cherington's team before, it's Cherington's team now -- and with all the responsibilities thereof." Since the departure of former GM Theo Epstein, "perception has persisted" that Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino had "taken on a greater role" with the team. As a result, it was believed that Cherington "didn't have the autonomy Epstein had." This offseason, the Red Sox "are making sure everyone knows Cherington is empowered to run the team." A "cynic might wonder where that confidence comes from." Like recently dismissed manager Bobby Valentine, Cherington "hardly had a banner first year as the Red Sox general manager" (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 10/6). In Massachusetts, Christopher Smith writes issues of "power and chain of command became a huge reason why" the Red Sox went 69-93, "why players ended up going behind Valentine's back to ownership to hold [a] team meeting regarding Valentine and why Alfredo Aceves demanded a meeting with Cherington when he lost his closer job" (North Andover EAGLE-TRIBUNE, 10/9).