Every four years in this country, we get to vote on our nation’s president and other official leaders. If the incumbent is doing a good job, they usually get re-elected. If not, we have the chance to replace them with someone new.
Well, it’s been nearly four years since Bloom took over as the Chief Baseball Officer of the Red Sox, and the results speak for themselves. Enough is enough, and Red Sox fans would gladly vote him out of office.
The breaking point was a crushing sweep by the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park over the weekend. Boston played terrible baseball all weekend and was outscored 25-8 in the three games, capped off by a 13-1 massacre on Sunday that may have very well ended the Red Sox’s season. The team now sits five games out of a Wild Card spot with 51 games to play, making it increasingly unlikely that Boston will miss the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
That is unacceptable, and it’s time for a change. Here are three reasons why the Red Sox should fire Chaim Bloom.
3 Reasons the Red Sox Should Fire Chaim Bloom
1. Poor Results on the Field
Professional sports, like many other industries, is a results-oriented business. If you’re not doing your job well as a player, coach or leader, your team will eventually be forced to look elsewhere.
Boston’s results under Bloom have been underwhelming, to say the least. In his first season at the helm in 2020, the Red Sox went 24-36 during the abbreviated Covid season and finished last in the AL East. They improved to 92-70 in 2021 but barely made the playoffs, sneaking into the postseason on the season’s final day after fumbling a large lead in the standings. Boston regressed to last place with another losing season (78-84) in 2022, and once again finds itself in last place here in 2023.
Three last-place finishes in four seasons can not be tolerated. It was enough to get Ben Cherington, the team’s general manager from late 2011 to late 2015, fired despite winning a World Series in 2013. Bloom’s teams have never reached the Fall Classic, let alone won one.
Like it or not, Red Sox fans have come to expect championship-caliber baseball in Boston. The team has already won four titles in the 21st century — more than any other MLB team during that time. Instead, Bloom’s tenure has been defined by underachieving teams that are often unwatchable with their sloppy defense, bad baserunning and inexcusable mental mistakes.
At the end of the day, you are what your record says you are. And in Bloom’s case, that record leaves a lot to be desired.