The Boston Red Sox fired chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom on Thursday.
They didn’t want to wait until the end of the regular season, even though the team hasn’t been mathematically eliminated from contention.
Ownership was, evidently, fed up by two last-place finishes (2020 and 2022) and another potential one in 2023.
Not even the AL Championship Series appearance in 2021 could save Bloom.
He will, however, be remembered for one single move: trading away Mookie Betts.
“Fair or not, Chaim Bloom will forever be remembered by #Redsox fans as the guy who traded away future Hall of Famer Mookie Betts (which of course was approved by Redsox ownership),” MLB insider Bob Nightengale tweeted.
Fair or not, Chaim Bloom will forever be remembered by #Redsox fans as the guy who traded away future Hall of Famer Mookie Betts (which of course was approved by Redsox ownership).
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 14, 2023
It wasn’t entirely fair: his hand was forced since the team couldn’t agree to a contract extension.
He had little leverage, too.
Trading Betts was disappointing enough for fans, but the most painful thing about the situation was the underwhelming return package.
In exchange for one of the best players in the league (then and now) and David Price, Boston got Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs, and Connor Wong.
That was it.
It was a move that fans won’t ever forget, even though Bloom’s back was against the wall in many senses.
Still, he was the one who executed the trade.
Now, Betts is thriving in LA and the Red Sox could accumulate their third last-place finish in four years.
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