The estimable Baseball America publication on Tuesday awarded its 2018 Major League Executive of the Year award to Dave Dombrowski for his contributions to the 2018 Red Sox’ championship campaign.
Dombrowski, 62, was cited by the magazine for being adaptive to changes in the game over his 42-year tenure which began well before analytics swept through front offices. When he came aboard in August of 2015 to replace Ben Cherington atop the baseball operations flow chart, he inherited a roster of emerging stars and a farm system with plenty of blue-chip prospects. The front office featured far more of an analytical bent than Dombrowski had in Detroit. Dombrowsi wisely kept most of the front office intact, a gesture that earned him goodwill from those already here.
“He could have come in and revamped the whole baseball operation,” said Red Sox Senior Vice President Allard Baird in the Baseball America profile of Dombrowski. “But in Pat Gillick fashion, he ended up identifying good people, taking his time to figure out what they did and where their strengths were, and then promoting them and giving them responsibility and letting them do their jobs. Whether we’re talking about new wave or old, that’s probably not done very often.”
With his second World Series title, Dombrowski joins only three other executives — John Schuerholz, Theo Epstein and Gillick — to win a championship in each league. Dombrowski led the 1997 Florida Marlins to a championship. His Tigers appeared in two World Series.
Thinking spring training
Beginning Saturday at 10 a.m., tickets for the Red Sox exhibition season go on sale online (redsox.com) as well as at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Fla. The Red Sox will play 17 home games, including 16 Grapefruit League games and a game against the Northeastern University Huskies. The club will close out the spring training season at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz., with a two-game series against the Chicago Cubs.
Prices for season ticket holders remain at 2018 levels, but prices for individual game tickets will increase between $3 and $5 for most seating categories. Lawn tickets remain $5.
The Red Sox’ equipment truck is scheduled to leave Fenway Park on Monday, Feb. 4 and pitchers and catchers are scheduled to hold their first workouts on Feb. 13. Position players are scheduled to hold their first workouts on Feb. 18.
The 2019 season marks Boston’s eighth at JetBlue Park. All day games are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Only one night game is scheduled -- March 21 at 6:05 p.m. when the Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays.
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