Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz supports Ben Cherington: 'Obviously you'd have to be stupid not to understand that it wasn't his fault'

Ryan Hannable
August 18, 2015 - 7:19 pm

As one of the longest tenured members of the Red Sox, Clay Buchholz was one of the players that has known former general manager Ben Cherington the longest. After all, it was the last year of Cherington being the team's director of player development when Buchholz was drafted in the first-round of the 2005 draft. The starter said it wasn't Cherington's fault for the struggles of the team the past few seasons, as the team announced Thursday former Tigers executive Dave Dombrowski will immediately join the team as president of baseball operations and Cherington did not accept Dombrowski's invitation to stick around as general manager. "I've known Ben my whole career since I got drafted he was the minor league coordinator at the time," Buchholz said after the game. "I guess it's along the lines of a player if you're in this organization if you don't fulfill your role for an extended period of time, they find somebody else that will. I don't think Ben, honestly never had a hand in on the way we played or the level that we played at or if we didn't do good enough. Obviously you'd have to be stupid not to understand that it wasn't his fault. It's the players in here. "Little bit of a shock I guess that it happened tonight. As long as I've been here, the Red Sox, we have a meeting in spring training every year and the ownership comes in and says that they built teams to win baseball games and win championships, and obviously when it's going like it is or has gone this year they felt like there's needed to be a change and that's what they went with." Buchholz said he found out the news in the eighth inning -- about the time the news was announced -- from Dustin Pedroia, another long-tenured member of the team. "It wasn't something that I don't think anybody really expected to happen now, but given the circumstances and the timing of what we've been doing as a team, obviously I think it's been going a little bit better as of late, but yeah it was just one of those things where there was nothing we could do about it but embrace it," Buchholz said. "I know Ben as a person, a great person, great GM, and it was fun to get to know him over the last 10 years really and it's just one of those things like I said whenever things aren't going right they find a way to try to fix that." As for Dombrowski, Buchholz said he already spoke to the only member of the team to have experience working with him -- Rick Porcello -- who Dombrowski evidently traded to the Red Sox this past offseason. "I just talked to [Porcello], that's the only person that I know that really knows him and he says that he's good at what he does," he said. "He's a business guy but it's just one of those things where it is what it is. He had nothing but good things to say about him and that's a guy that was traded away from a team that he was the general manager of, so if you can have that kind of impact on somebody in that way then that person thinks pretty highly of you."