Larry Lucchino

Sam Kennedy to replace Larry Lucchino as Red Sox president/CEO

Rob Bradford
August 01, 2015 - 3:48 pm

According to a source, Larry Lucchino will be leaving his post as Red Sox president/CEO as early as the end of October. Lucchino reportedly will be replaced by current Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy. The 42-year-old Kennedy, a Brookline native, is not believed to have a role in player acquisition in the manner Lucchino did since joining the club in 2002. According to the Boston Herald, which first reported the story, the transition from Lucchino to Kennedy has already begun. A source reports that the move has been in the works since 2012, with Lucchino on board with the decision. "The truth is Sam is an important part of this puzzle," Lucchino told the Boston Herald. "He's been working for me for 20 years, right out of college. He's certainly my choice, as well as that of [principal owner] John [Henry] and Tom [Werner], to be promoted the position of president." "I don'€™t believe at all that this is the end of Larry'€™s relationship with the club, but the beginning of a more diverse role -- one in which he can begin to enjoy some of the fruits of his labor," Henry told the Herald. "He almost certainly will continue to mentor and push for excellence internally over upcoming years." It has long been rumored that Lucchino would be stepping aside from his current post, with the longtime baseball executive -- who will turn 70 next month -- seemingly wanting to diminish his workload. The current president/CEO hasn't been as visible this season, with much of his focus turned to the the purchase of the Pawtucket Red Sox and that organization's quest to build a new stadium in Providence. Another motivation for the Red Sox is to keep Kennedy in the fold, with the former classmate of Theo Epstein at Brookline High having recently been courted by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns both the NBA's Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. "We are hopeful and confident that we will conclude an agreement with Larry going forward where he will continue to be an integral part of upper management," Red Sox chairman Tom Werner told the Boston Herald. "He will have less of an everyday role but he will continue to have an important strategic role not just with the Red Sox but also within Major League Baseball." Kennedy came back to Boston in 2002 after working under Lucchino in San Diego as the executive director of partnerships and broadcasting. While there was some rumbling in spring training about a power struggle between Lucchino and owner Mike Gordon, the reality was that both Gordon -- president of the Fenway Sports Group -- and Werner already resided above Lucchino in the decision-making hierarchy due to their ownership stakes.