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International scouting director Craig Shipley leaves Red Sox

Nov 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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General manager Ben Cherington announced yesterday that the Red Sox and international scouting director Craig Shipley are parting ways after the former big leaguer spent nine years in the organization.

Last February the Red Sox promoted Shipley to senior vice president of player personnel and international scouting and at various points during his time with the team he’s been mentioned as a possible GM down the road, but his status clearly changed significantly once Theo Epstein left.

Cherington predictably didn’t shed much light on the reasons for Shipley’s departure, but did tell Ian Browne of

He’s someone that I have great respect for. He’s a really good evaluator, passionate baseball guy. Through the course of conversations with him, it just became clear to me that it might be time for a fresh start. So, that’s the direction we’re going. I wish him nothing but the best.

Shipley played a big part in the Red Sox signing Japanese pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima, and Alex Speier of writes that he “was an influential voice in pushing ahead to make the deal that brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Boston, even at the cost of star prospect Hanley Ramirez and big league starter Anibal Sanchez.”

  1. bozosforall - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    More rats jumping from the sinking ship. The mass exodus of fans won’t be far behind.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:36 AM

      It certainly does look like that. You just have to wonder at this pace there can’t be many more “rats” left on that ship.

      • pisano - Nov 22, 2011 at 12:04 PM

        uyf1950…. That my friend is the ultimate ship of fools.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 22, 2011 at 12:12 PM

        pisano, my friend. I like that. I have to try and remember that.

        Good to see you here and BTW, have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving, my friend.

      • ras1tafari - Nov 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        there are plenty of rats left. larry, tom, and john. The three blind mice

  2. yankeesfanlen - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    When you start hearing “learning the ropes” or “getting acquainted with each other’s style” next season, you’ll know that’s front office parlance for “the new kids don’t know what they’re doing and hate each other”,

    • bozosforall - Nov 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

      Meanwhile, the Yankees keep chugging along with their great GM, Brian Cashman (whose philosophy of focusing more recently on developing the young talent in the farm system is about to pay dividends)…and more than decent manager, Joe Girardi (who isn’t perfect, but is getting better as time goes by). I hope that both Jeter and Mo are still around once the young guys start playing productively with the Yankees.

  3. benbosox670407 - Nov 22, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    you know, maybe it is time for the rats to run; time for a good purging. If John H does not pull his head out of the clouds and let Larry run this ship back to safe waters; it will be the 1960s all over again- country club rich; playoff poor. At least the Yankess have a steady hand moving them along. somewhere there was a major disconnect bewtween ownership and Theo and it poured down to the clubhouse. Everyone turned a blind eye to the “food follies”; the misguided conditiong (or lack of..); the continual poor continum of care (Youk, Ells, Bucholz, DiceK; Lackey; Jenks, Lowrie); the juggling of lineups that did not help Carl Crawford get comfortable. wow. so; blow it all up now and revise it. The Patriots are masters of “retooling while winning”; Bosox need to steal a page from them.

    • bozosforall - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      Pats are on their way down as well, O delusional one.

      Here’s to a return to the 1990. Zero titles for the most obnoxious fan base in America.

  4. benbosox670407 - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Major front office upheavals today. Ben C bringing control back to Fenway; getting more “eyes on” the players; along with sifting data. More presence in Latin America (about flippin time) and less time in Orient. Time to actually get deeper into evaluating; developing instead of the forays into Japanese Baseball Leagues.Get to know who is on the ball fields in minor leagues; who might be a manageable risk to sign (Colon, Freddy Garcia ring bells here). Why in the heck was Shiopley allowed to work out of Austrailia? Was Craig “the international scouting department”? This was not a good business plan.

    • bozosforall - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      The Red Sox Way. LMAO

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