Apparently, one victory parade isn't enough for the Fenway Faithful.
In a bizarre scapegoat move, the Boston Red Sox have dismissed President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, the architect of the 2018 record-setting World Series champions, with under 20 games to go in the 2019 season.
Assistant GM Eddie Romero will now handle all decision-making, finding himself elevated to a position of leadership following the shocking sacking.
Dombrowski has embodied "Championship or bust" his entire career, often using his talented farm systems to build astounding veteran cores, only to leave the cupboard bare in the aftermath. And while technically the farm system is weak in Boston, the young and powerful offense belies this notion; after all, who cares about the farm? Rafael Devers, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Andrew Benintendi ARE the farm.
No Boston fan will ever forget the World Series Dombrowski delivered, remaking the big league roster in his image after taking over in the summer of 2015, while maintaining a stunning amount of homegrown talent (and wisely spinning Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech into Chris Sale, though perhaps not wisely extending Sale).
However, with the team only a few games out in the Wild Card chase at this season's trade deadline, Dombrowski showed a stunning lack of faith in his roster, justifying his bullpen inaction by claiming he'd made a move for Andrew Cashner, and wasn't that enough? The Sox then spiraled, losing eight straight (mostly to the Yankees and Rays), putting the team in a large-scale hole to dig out of.
Dombrowski was a scapegoat, sure, but one that most of Boston could likely get behind.