BOSTON, MA – Theo Epstein won two World Series with the Red Sox and burned out in Boston after nine years. Ben Cherington won one, too, and was gone less than two years later.
Dave Dombrowski lasted less than a year after riding through the streets of Boston in a celebratory duck boat parade. All he did was build the rosters that won three straight AL East titles, including a franchise-record 108 games last season and a fourth World Series championship in 15 years.
So when the Red Sox hired former Tampa Bay Rays exec Chaim Bloom to take over as their new chief baseball officer, they gave him a clear mission: not just another trophy for the Fenway Park mantel, but the chance to compete for one year after year.
"I know how high the expectations are here," Bloom said at his introductory news conference on Monday, a year to the day after Dombrowski's team clinched the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. "My expectations are high. I know the expectations of the baseball operations staff are high. That's a good thing."
A 36-year-old Yale graduate who worked his way up from intern to Rays assistant general manager, Bloom will take over a franchise that won it all in 2018 but missed the playoffs this season despite the biggest payroll in baseball.
It's a cycle that many cities would welcome but not Boston.
"We very much want to be a stable organization. But we all wake up every day saying, 'How can we improve?'" Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said. "A year ago today, we were considered the best baseball club in the world. And obviously we didn't achieve our objective this year. But we have the pieces in place to be competitive every year."
Owner John Henry disputed that there has been a lot of turnover in the front office, saying, "I've been an owner for 21 years, and at that time I've had three and now four general managers." But during that time no other team has parted ways with a baseball boss within a year or two of a title, and Boston has now done it three times.