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Old 11-03-2017, 02:25 PM   #1
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Dave Dombrowski’s decision to hire Tony La Russa creates another moment when you can wonder if Dombrowski is really leading the Sox beyond the crowd and ahead of the pack.
New viewpoints are good. But La Russa’s not joining an organization lacking in baseball experience. His boss has tons. The question, as it has been ever since Ben Cherington was let go, is whether Dombrowski is focused enough on innovation and pushing the organization forward.
La Russa might be a fine addition to the brain trust, and there’s nothing wrong with expanding the brain trust. But does he move the needle? Not every front-office addition must. But some should.
Let’s assume La Russa will stay in his lane when it comes to first-time manager Alex Cora. Just because La Russa has managed before does not necessarily mean La Russa will be an overbearing presence. If Cora and La Russa approach their time together with open minds and respect, the Red Sox — and Cora specifically —*should*gain.
La Russa’s time running the Diamondbacks as chief baseball officer, from 2014-16 did not go well. That’s why it lasted only three years. He, like Dombrowski does now, made virtually every trip with the club.*
But that’s not part of the new job description for La Russa, and it wasn’t part of his most recent job description, either. Former Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen took over baseball ops for Arizona ahead of the 2017 season, with former Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo in the dugout. La Russa moved into an advisory role with Arizona at that point, and he indeed knew where the boundary was with Lovullo, beyond just lip service.
“I thought last year was very smart, Mike Hazen and the guys up there, the idea was to be sure —*and I think it’s the way to*do it here, too — to be sure that Alex and his major league coaches are clearly in charge of the major league situation,” La Russa said on a conference call*Thursday. “They’re the people who are going to be there every day creating relationships with their players. So any of us that are on the periphery, you’re there to help without getting*in the way.*That’s what it was last year with Torey.
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Old 11-03-2017, 08:27 PM   #2
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Benny you happy over this..??
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Old 11-04-2017, 08:12 AM   #3
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well yes tony is a pure baseball guy experienced to say the least
the main question is how much input does tony add to the mix.
its great to have a staff of smart intelligent guys I'm for that baseball savy
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