The Boston Red Sox dismissed their top baseball executive, Chaim Bloom, on Thursday, concluding an inconsistent four-year stint highlighted by two seasons at the bottom of the standings and a 2023 campaign likely to miss the playoffs.
Bloom came on board in 2019, replacing the terminated general manager Dave Dombrowski. Hailing from Tampa Bay, Bloom was seen as the polar opposite of Dombrowski—meticulous, patient, and focused on nurturing young talent while maintaining MLB competitiveness.
Shortly after his arrival, however, Bloom made the controversial decision to trade key outfielder Mookie Betts to the LA Dodgers, a move that cast a shadow over his entire term. Despite a 2021 season that took them close to ALCS glory, the Red Sox have been sliding, losing six of their last seven games.
While some in the organization were shocked by the ousting, believing the team’s outlook was improving due to a bolstered minor league system and financial flexibility, owner John Henry stated that Bloom’s contributions, though future-focused, weren’t sufficient to secure his position.