Sam Kennedy

Sam Kennedy on Larry Lucchino: 'I've learned from the best mentor that anyone could ever have'

Ryan Hannable
August 19, 2015 - 1:59 pm

During new president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski's introductory press conference, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy made his first public comments on his promotion after it was reported a few weeks back that he would be taking over for Larry Lucchino following the season. Kennedy said the plan had been in the works for years and he couldn't have learned from a better person than Lucchino. "I see the role as its primary focus is to support and provide resources so we can have the best baseball operation on the planet, number one," Kennedy said. "Number two, I've learned from the best mentor that anyone could ever have and that's Larry Lucchino, our president and CEO. "He and I, along with John and Tom have been working on a transition plan for several years, actually. It became public a few weeks ago. I think everyone, all the employees of the Red Sox, salute Larry for his incredible leadership." Kennedy, who has been in the Red Sox' organization since 2002, was also asked more about his role and what his primary duties would entail. "We thank [Larry Lucchino] for that and we are ready to continue to honor the fundamental obligations and commitments that John [Henry] and Tom [Werner] and Larry made back in 2002, which is to field a competitive team, to preserve and protect Fenway Park, to enhance the customer experience here and to be active participants in the community," he said. "Rest assured that's not going to change with new leadership going forward. "I am very excited to collaborate with Dave and all baseball operations, be there for them as a sounding board and a resource to make sure they have everything they need as we look to get the Red Sox back where they belong." For more Red Sox news, visit