Red Sox name Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations, GM Ben Cherington to step down

August 18, 2015 - 5:59 pm

Shocking news from Fenway Park on Tuesday night, where the Red Sox announced that Dave Dombrowski has been hired as president of baseball operations and that general manager Ben Cherington will step down. Dombrowski, who worked for Red Sox owner John Henry with the Marlins, was recently let go by the Tigers after 14 years as their president. Henry lauded Dombrowski's arrival in a press release. "I have known Dave very well for a long time," Henry said. "Tom [Werner} and I have no doubts that Dave is the right person to strengthen our baseball operations group going forward.  He is one of the most highly regarded executives in all of baseball, and had options to go with other clubs.  We feel very fortunate that he wanted to come to Boston, and wanted to further his career'€”now with the Red Sox'€”as one of the great architects of winning baseball clubs." Dombrowski, 59, built the 1997 World Series champion Marlins, and also played a large role in their 2003 championship. He led the Tigers to five playoff appearances, including World Series losses in 2006 and 2012. Now he comes to one of the game's most storied franchises. "Although I did have other potential options within baseball, there was no option that stood out as clearly as the chance to come to Boston and win with the Red Sox," Dombrowski said in the release. "Boston is a baseball city like no other and its history and traditions are unique in our game. I expressed to John and Tom that Boston would be my absolute top choice." He added that he's excited to start the job immediately. Cherington will assist with the transition. "One of the advantages of joining the club now is that I get the opportunity to get a head start on the important job of roster construction for 2016," Dombrowski said. " The Red Sox baseball operations group and Ben Cherington deserve extraordinary credit for the young, talented players that have broken through at the major league level, and I see outstanding potential in the talent still developing in our minor leagues."