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Report: Ben Cherington will be named Red Sox’s new GM

Oct 13, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

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Ben Cherington has always been Boston’s presumed choice to replace Theo Epstein and now Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Red Sox have informed him that the general manager job is his.

Cherington was with the Red Sox before Epstein, joining the organization in 2002 and rising up the front office ranks to become vice president of player personnel. And when Epstein briefly took a break from the job in 2005 the Red Sox turned to Cherington and Jed Hoyer (who’s now the Padres general manager) to fill in.

Obviously losing Epstein hurts, but the transition to Cherington could be a relatively smooth one assuming the rest of the front office stays largely intact.

He probably won’t be hanging out at any more SABR conventions now that he’s a GM, though.

  1. Erik Klemetti - Oct 13, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Nice of you to include Ben’s high school yearbook photo in this post.

    • dlevalley - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:02 PM

      Dammit. Beat me to it…

    • kopy - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:11 PM

      I suppose now that he’s a GM his parents will splurge for the purple, pink, or aqua background instead of the free, boring gray.

      • tekton8 - Oct 13, 2011 at 10:54 PM

        Recommend going with the “Laser Splash” actually…

        LaserSplash

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      That’s exactly what I was going to say. He looks like my best friend in eighth grade, circa 1992.

  2. lovesmesomeme - Oct 13, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Top of the list again. No sunlight in the basement but at least my m is a good cook.

    • lovesmesomeme - Oct 13, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      Damn you Eric.

  3. SmackSaw - Oct 13, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Finding someone to manage that mess is his first priority, Good luck.

  4. damnyankee13 - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Yep, good luck, Yall will need it

  5. pisano - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Boy Blunder (Theo) should have been replaced after Lackey and a few other of his asinine free agent gaffs. The guy was pissing away money like it was water, but at least get someone better than Lackey for 80 mil. They better hope Crawford comes out of his funk or they’ll be talking about Theo as if he was Bill Buckner.

    • thinman61 - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      Bill Buckner was scapegoated for the loss of a World Series. Theo was largely responsible for winning two. Sorry, but I don’t see the comparison.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        ..and played 22 seasons in the majors with a career BA of .289. (I know BA is not the “in” “metric” anymore, but he was still a better than average player)

  6. grogansheroes - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Looks like same ol, same ol at Fenway. A lackey (pun intended) that can be controlled by the big three.

  7. ronjon77 - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Starring Ben Cherington as the beaver.

  8. sportsdrenched.com - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    I was really hoping Allard Biard got the job.

  9. patsandsox - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    they keep talking about compensation from the Cubs I think they got the wrong idea. Instead of them paying the Red Sox they should be forced to take Theo’s bad contracts with him. Lackey, Dicek, etc. Its not like John Henry needs money and theres not much on the Cubs worth having.

  10. jwbiii - Oct 13, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    What if the Red Sox name Ben Cherington* as their next GM and the Cubs and Red Sox can’t agree on compensation? Dumber things have happened.

    *I like Cherington because his name sounds like an insane asylum. Perfect for the Red Sox in their current condition.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marat/Sade

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