Larry Lucchino

Larry Lucchino on D&C: 'There will be some significant changes I believe in the baseball operations department'

August 19, 2015 - 7:54 am

Outgoing Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday as part of the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon to talk about the Sox bringing in Dave Dombrowski and Lucchino's prior experiences with cancer. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Lucchino was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma shortly before his 40th birthday. Now about a week away from his 70th, he expressed how involved Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund were in his recovery and how much they mean to him and the Red Sox organization now. Though he will be stepping back in terms of his responsibilities with the team going forward, Lucchino still is in the offices until the end of the season. He said that the news of Dombrowski becoming the new president of baseball operations was released Tuesday night because "things were moving quickly and you want to get ahead of a story rather than have to deal with it as a leak and be on your heels." "It was a big story, major changes and when that happens, it has a life of its own and you've got to address it and deal with it as it did," he added. Dombrowski won't handle the team in the same way that Ben Cherington did, according to Lucchino, which will lead to a different kind of front office. "Ben has done a marvelous job, in my opinion," Lucchino said. "He is a terrific guy, and I think he's built an organization that will serve Dave Dombrowski quite well in the months and years ahead, and so things will change. Dave has his own approach, Ben had his own approach. Dave has his own network of people he's worked with for years and years, and Ben has his, so there will be some significant changes I believe in the baseball operations department." Those changes create a sense of uncertainty among those currently in the organization now, which Lucchino said is natural human reaction. "Change is one of the hardest things in life to deal with, and yet we have to deal with it from time to time inevitably, so sure there's a little uncertainty there," he said. "And I know Dave will come in and do his best to quell whatever uncertainty there is and to make the trains continue to run on time." Concerns had been raised by some that part of Dombrowski's profile as a baseball guy included him dealing prospects to make trades. Lucchino said that you can't overgeneralize and added, "We all do it if the deal is right." Lucchino said when making big decisions, there is a process that the Sox brass follow "around the table where there are discussions or recommendations. There are considerations, there is debate and that's how it happens." Though that process has led to the decisions to ink Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to cumbersome deals, Lucchino implores people to continue to be patient. "I will say that I do think there is an early rush to judgment on some of these transactions, some of which have a four- or five-year timetable to them and we're reacting to the first six months of that term, so I would suggest that we all take a deep breath and see how these deals play out over time," he said. And while Lucchino is stepping down from his current role with the organization, he said he still expects to maintain ownership interest in the Red Sox and will have work to do with respect to Pawtucket and the new ballpark there as well.