Ben Cherington admitted being "wrong" with the expectations for the 2015 Red Sox. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Ben Cherington admits being 'wrong' with beginning of year expectations for Red Sox

Ryan Hannable
July 31, 2015 - 4:24 pm
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There were certainly high expectations for the 2015 Red Sox as going into the season with the acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval some thought the Red Sox offense could score 800 runs. That's been far from the case as the team has averaged 4.13 runs per game, 16th in the baseball. It's not just the offense either, as overall the team is 45-58 and 13 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. There's plenty of blame to be thrown around, but speaking following the trade deadline pasing Friday, general manager Ben Cherington said he's the person who should be blamed the most. "Look, obviously the results are the results and that means the team we built is not as good as what we thought it could be. We're all responsible. I'm more responsible than anyone for that, but we're all responsible," he said. "Players are responsible. The staff is responsible. I'm responsible. I'm more responsible than anyone. That's how I feel. That said, I still look at the field and see a bunch of guys that are going to be part of a really good team in the near future. I don't see this as a situation where we have to go and reverse in anyway. We have to keep building. We have to clear areas that need improvement. "There are solutions out there too and we just have to find more. We have to find a way to get more out of some guys that are here. I think John [Henry] said, they'll either prove us right or prove us wrong and it's safe to say at the end of July we were wrong at the beginning of the season as to what this team could do. We've got to figure out, we've been in the process of trying to figure out why that is and we have to fix it and have to play better baseball." Speaking to reporters in Houston about a week before the trade deadline, Cherington was very complimentary of his manager John Farrell, saying, "I fully support John. He'€™s part of the solution." Friday, Cherington was asked if he wanted to see anything different from Farrell during the remaining two months of the season. While Cherington didn't say anything definitive, it wasn't the same tone as just over a week ago. "As I've said, I think we are all responsible for being better," he said. "I don't think anyone is exempt from that. I know we believe in the people that are here, but we all have to find ways to perform and improve our performance. That's up to us to work together, to help each other figure out what that is. Beyond that I can't say anything more specific than that."

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