David Ortiz

David Ortiz: Ben Cherington did 'remarkable job,' but understands why shakeup was needed

Ryan Hannable
August 18, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been around the game a long time -- 19 years between three organizations -- so he knows how the business side of baseball works. With the Red Sox headed towards their second last place finish in the AL East in as many years and third in the last four, it's not surprising a shakeup took place with the team hiring long-time executive Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations Tuesday night. Current general manager Ben Cherington will not return after the transition process. "Like I said, you see this happening in baseball over and over and over," Ortiz said following Tuesday's game. "When organizations struggle or whatever they just shake it up. I'm not saying that this is the best way to go and do things because like I said even in a couple of years, the way we had been, Ben won a World Series as a GM. So you don't forget about that that quick." Playing for an organization like the Red Sox, winning is what is most important, so although the move was surprising, it isn't all that surprising at the same time. "Like I said, it's always moves in an organization like this one," Ortiz said. "We weren't expecting it to happen, but it happened. Now we have to move on and continue trying to be an organization, team that can compete next year and I guess that's what they're looking for." A few of the players who spoke in the clubhouse following the game said it wasn't Cherington's fault for the poor performances in recent years and ultimately it came down to them as players on the field. Ortiz was posed the same question and after a bit of hesitation said the same thing. "Front office is the one who makes the decisions you know and probably when a situation like this goes down it's most of the time because things aren't going their way, people expect, you know what I'm saying? Probably. We are responsible for situations, but sometimes that requires new moves, sometimes it doesn't and they just went with that," he said. "Ben did a great job for us and did a remarkable job, a World Series under his belt. I guess sometimes organizations like to move on." With Ortiz being the longest-tenured member of the team he said he expects to be briefed by ownership at some point with what is next to come, but also understands the major focus is getting better for 2016. "At some point they will holler at me and probably let me know some things," Ortiz said. "But, we're required to have a better team next year and I guess that's why they got a new GM." As for if he thinks the team and organization has what it takes to turn things around next year? "We'll see," he said.