Once upon a time, running the Boston Red Sox was perceived as one of the most prestigious jobs in sports. With deep financial resources, a championship history and a rabid fan base, it would have been a dream job for most baseball executives.
Now, nobody wants it.
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Former Miami Marlins GM Kim Ng was the latest to turn down the Red Sox GM opening, joining a list of candidates that's now in the double digits. Ng's rejection stings even more, however, because after parting ways the Marlins last week, she's currently unemployed.
At least the other candidates could make the excuse of wanting to stay in their current roles. Ng, on the other hand, is jobless and has no excuse. She simply doesn't want the job, and why should she (or anyone else, for that matter)?
Boston's ownership group has completely tarnished the franchise with its recent erratic behavior. It keeps pivoting from wanting to spend big and win championships to wanting to scale back and rebuild. The results on the field have borne this out, as the Red Sox have won two World Series and finished last in their division six times since 2012.
The club has also parted ways with its last three baseball ops leaders, even though they all seemed to be following ownership's plan. Ben Cherington won a World Series in 2013 and was developing an incredible core when ownership demoted him in 2015. Dave Dombrowski was fired in 2019 less than 12 months after winning a championship with Boston's greatest team of all-time.
And Chaim Bloom, as we all know, was tasked with cutting costs and replenishing the farm system after Dombrowski stripped it bare to win a title. He was doing just that when ownership canned him in September.
None of those three lasted more than four seasons. All general managers understand that they're hired to be fired, but getting fired within four years a) despite winning a championship and b) following orders is just ridiculous.
No wonder nobody wants to work for the Red Sox and their impossible-to-please owners. After all, you're just going to be interviewing again in four years anyways.
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