3. He’s Simply the Wrong Man for the Job
When the Red Sox hired Bloom in the fall of 2019, they were taking a massive gamble by putting the organization in his hands. He was young (36), had never run a major league team before, and came from a small-market background in Tampa Bay, which is nothing like Boston.
At this point, it’s safe to say that Bloom is not cut out for the job, at least in the high-pressure atmosphere of Boston. His strategy has always been rooted in small-market thinking, where he overvalues prospects, low-risk signings and the future at the expense of established players, high-reward acquisitions and the present. His numerous mistakes are also indicative of someone who is learning on the job and still trying to build credibility as a respected leader.
Bloom’s deficiencies are even more stark compared to his predecessor, Dave Dombrowski, who was ultra-aggressive and usually succeeded at acquiring the star players he wanted. Bloom has repeatedly failed on that front, coming up short in negotiations with free agents during the offseason and other teams at the trade deadline. He has missed numerous opportunities to upgrade his roster while losing a lot of talent in the process, namely Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez and others.
He was brought in to build a sustainable winner, but all he has delivered is sustained mediocrity. Boston needs someone at the top with more urgency and decisiveness, someone with a killer instinct who’s not afraid to go the extra mile for his team, his players and his fans. Bloom has consistently sold all of them short, most recently by calling the team he assembled “underdogs” at the trade deadline and ignoring its requests for pitching help.
If the Red Sox want to get back to their winning ways and be a championship contender again, they need to move on from Bloom and give the keys to someone else.
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