Boston’s hunt for a front office leader has come to an end. A month and a half after the poorly-handled firing of Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox have a new commander. Chaim Bloom, 36, has worked with the Tampa Bay Rays front office for his entire career in Major League Baseball. He graduated from Yale, and began work as an intern with the Rays in 2005. He worked his way up the ranks, and was named VP of Baseball Operations in 2016.
Bloom has a background in analytics, and was instrumental in the creation of the opener. He is known in the league as a farm builder. This alone is a huge change after four years of depletion under Dombrowski. Bloom has experience in everything from scouting and player development to trades and contract negotiations. The Mets interviewed him last year before ultimately hiring Brodie Van Wagenen to the position of General Manager.
The Right Guy
There’s no other way to put it: the Red Sox struck gold. Since Bloom became Vice President in November 2016, the Rays have gone 265 – 221 (.545 win percentage). They’ve managed to hang with two giants in the AL East, the Red Sox and Yankees. That determination paid off, as Tampa Bay earned a wild card spot and a trip to the ALDS this year. They took the Houston Astros to five games, with Houston barely squeaking by. Bloom’s work with the Rays is even more impressive considering the team’s financial constraints. Making it to a division series with the lowest payroll in baseball is no easy task.
Not that Bloom will have it easy now that he’s the head of a big-market baseball team. He’ll have crucial decisions to make this offseason. The Red Sox seek to cut payroll, and decisions on several free agents need to happen, namely Mookie Betts. The team will also begin rebuilding the farm system. Add to that an overly-critical media market, and a fickle ownership group. All of that, and more, will fall in Bloom’s lap. He’ll have his hands full, but he is fully capable of doing the job. The Red Sox couldn’t have hired a more experienced executive who never wore the title “President.”