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GM Ben Cherington Lauded For Rebuilding Red Sox Into World Series Champions
Published October 31, 2013
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ALL THE RIGHT MOVES: In Hartford, Jeff Jacobs writes, "Dumping all that bad salary and bad karma isn't the same as filling a void that would lift a proud franchise back into World Series contention." It would "take a keen baseball mind, and it figured it would take a ton of patience from some of the game's most impatient fans." Jacobs: "You had to figure that the rebuilding would take at least two or three years." Cherington "isn't a rock star like his buddy and predecessor" Theo Epstein. Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino "forced Bobby Valentine on Cherington" for the '12 managerial job. It was "a colossal mistake." Given his chance, Cherington, knowing that a "strong, calm hand was the way to go, made his best move first by hiring Farrell as manager last October." When it came to "reshaping the club, filling in a full third of a new roster, Cherington was interested in character, yes, but more than that he wanted to know if they wanted to play in Boston's demanding environment" (HARTFORD COURANT, 10/31). MLB Network’s Darryl Hamilton said of Cherington, “I thought the GM did an outstanding job and he was able to be the GM again. … When ownership decides who the manager is going to be ... it changes the whole outlook of the ball club, because they were trying to go from one direction to another and change the whole culture. I think it hurt them." Hamilton: "It was smart to bring John Farrell in and do his thing” (“MLB Tonight,” MLB Network, 10/30).