After parting ways with chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom back on Sept. 14, the Boston Red Sox have been met with plenty of resistance as they try to fill the vacancy.
A number of candidates have declined to interview for the position, including Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Brandon Gomes and Philadelphia Phillies general manager Sam Fuld. It was reported Wednesday that Toronto Blue Jays vice president James Click has also removed himself from the running.
It's become apparent that the job is unappealing to a number of once potential suitors, and now Boston finds itself in a position where it will likely have to settle for one of its secondary, if not tertiary, choices.
The Red Sox need to attract a strong leader before entering the thick of the offseason, but if they want to do so, they're going to have to make some adjustments from top to bottom.
It's Time For New Ownership
Fenway Sports Group, specifically majority owner John Henry, has made executives seem extremely expendable over the past four years, giving a quick hook to both Bloom and his predecessor, Dave Dombrowski.
Dombrowski was canned not even a year after Boston won the 2018 World Series, while Bloom was out of a job with one season left on a five-year deal.
Sure, it shows that lack of success is unacceptable -- the Red Sox are trying to win, regardless of the situation they find themselves in. Setting the bar high should be the standard. But from a prospective candadiate's standpoint, job security is important. You don't want to feel like one or two bad seasons could cost you your job, and that seems to be the culture that ownership has created.
At the end of the day, Henry is a businessman. He is trying to get the most out of his investment, but it's time for someone who is genuinely passionate about Red Sox baseball to take over.