Boston Red Sox

  • It’s been a wildly disappointing summer in Boston.

    The Orange Line was making women jump into the Mystic River before it up and quit, I still haven’t had a good lobster roll, and the Rt. 1 Orange Dinosaur is still a mascot for apartments and not mini golf and batting cages.  Oh, and the 2022 Red Sox suck ass.

    Rarely has a team been a bigger waste of the time than these Red Sox. Every single time you have tricked yourself into thinking that they were going to make things interesting down the stretch (typically after what you’d consider a strong, character win), they’ve immediately taken the field and puked all over themselves. I swear, I’ve never seen anything like this.

    It’s been enough for some to demand change, but speaking with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal on Monday, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy doesn’t sound like a man eager to reconsider his process.

  • BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 15: Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy addresses the departure of Alex Cora as manager of the Boston Red Sox during a press conference at Fenway Park on January 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. A MLB investigation concluded that Cora was involved in the Houston Astros sign stealing operation in 2017 while he was the bench coach. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 15: Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy during a press conference at Fenway Park on January 15, 2020. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • “I am very comfortable saying Chaim and Alex will be back [next season],” Kennedy, who has held his president title since 2015, told Rosenthal. “And I am very comfortable saying there is a strong belief in the direction of the franchise from our ownership group. That direction is continuing to build for the future, but also continuing to invest at the major-league level.”

    That’s not just as a verbal vote of confidence, either, as both Bloom and Cora are under contract with the team beyond this current (and lost) season.

  • BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 15: Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom addresses the departure of Alex Cora as manager of the Boston Red Sox during a press conference at Fenway Park on January 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. A MLB investigation concluded that Cora was involved in the Houston Astros sign stealing operation in 2017 while he was the bench coach.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 15: Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom during a press conference at Fenway Park on January 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • Kennedy & Co.’s continued belief in Bloom isn’t really a shock when you consider what Bloom was brought to town to accomplish. Bloom, who helped build the Rays into a relatively consistent contender behind bargain signings and building from within, replaced Dave Dombrowski with the top task of rebuilding Boston’s farm system.

    The Red Sox, as it stands right now, have the 11th-best prospect pool, according to the latest (midseason) organizational talent rankings done by Baseball America.

    That was certainly not the case under Dombrowski’s watch, as that man never met a prospect he didn’t want to package for a win-now talent. (That approach, by the way, worked out to a World Series championship in 2018.)

    As is the case with approaches and processes like the one Bloom has been entrusted to carry out to completion, time and patience is a must. And Bloom has yet to hit the three-year mark on the job.

    He’s also less than a year removed from building a team that came just two wins of a shy of a World Series appearance. The Red Sox aren’t ready to completely abandon ship on Bloom’s ways.

  • BOSTON, MA - JULY 03: Chief Baseball Officer for the Boston Red Sox Chaim Bloom looks on during Summer Workouts at Fenway Park on July 3, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MA – JULY 03: Chief Baseball Officer for the Boston Red Sox Chaim Bloom looks on during Summer Workouts at Fenway Park on July 3, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

    But there also can’t be a whistling past the graveyard mindset when it comes to Bloom.

    The Red Sox have made some obvious talent evaluation blunders under Bloom’s watch.

    Turning Mookie Betts into just Alex Verdugo, Connor Wong, and Jeter Downs is an almost impossibly bad return. And Boston’s return on an Andrew Benintendi trade, which was headlined by Franchy Cordero and Josh Winckowski along with three other minor-league talents, wasn’t much better. Not when you look at Benintendi’s Gold Glove and All-Star seasons since, all while the Red Sox have tried just about everything possible to get an MLB-competent outfield alignment, anyway.

    The Sox have also struggled to build out a quality bullpen under Bloom’s watch (they finally pulled the plug on some struggling arms late Sunday night), and they went on an almost unfathomable, multi-season ignoring of the first base position prior to acquiring Eric Hosmer for pennies.

    The Red Sox are also staring down a potentially tough negotiation with clubhouse leader Xander Bogaerts, and we’re a year and counting away from the Rafael Devers decision.

    These are potential legacy-defining situations for Bloom.

  • BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 23: Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora looks on during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on August 23, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – AUGUST 23: Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora looks on during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on August 23, 2022. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • As it relates to Cora, if the team still has faith in Bloom, there’s no reason for them to not have faith in Cora, as he’s probably gone above and beyond given the ‘groceries’ purchased for him this year.

    For a team with a pitching staff that’s been ravaged by injuries and inconsistencies, the Red Sox were in contention until a historically bad July paved the way for a troublesome August.

    Boston’s manager for all but one season since 2018, Cora has posted a 346-268 record as the Sox’ skipper, and helped guide the team to a franchise-record 108 wins and World Series in 2018.