By: Jack Zinman (Sports Editor)
Coming off a disappointing 84-78 season in 2019, the Boston Red Sox are looking to get back to their winning ways in 2020.
Junior and Sharon baseball captain J.D. Rittenberg says the Red Sox will underachieve this season. “They’ll have a losing record. They’re gonna be pretty disappointing.”
In the off-season the Red Sox terminated the contract of Dave Dombrowski and brought in former Rays VP of Baseball Operations, Chaim Bloom.
Junior Daniel Fishman says Bloom is doing a good job in the long term, “As a Red Sox fan, I hate to see them in a bad situation but Dombrowski did this to us as we don’t have a good farm system. Bloom is rebuilding for us to compete for the next 10 years so we shouldn’t get mad at him.”
Bloom was known for essentially rebuilding and making the Rays a contender despite the small market as well as low payroll, but with the change in scenery and the big market of Bean Town, still stayed cheap and made no notable acquisitions this offseason.
Sharon High School’s acting Principal, Ralph Olsen says that Bloom’s decision to start from the ground up is disappointing.” He decimated the roster, it’s unacceptable. It’s going to be a long year.”
The biggest move of the off-season was trading away Mookie Betts and David Price in exchange for Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong.
“Like I said earlier, Bloom is building for the future. The Mookie Betts trade may seem like a bad deal for us now, but let’s say 7 years in the future, it could be a major trade for the Red Sox,” Fishman added.
The Red Sox added Kevin Pillar, Martin Perez and Jose Peraza as well as resigning Mitch Moreland, Marco Hernandez and extending the contract of Andrew Benintendi.
The real question is if the additions Bloom made will make up for the losses of Mookie Betts, David Price, Rick Porcello and Brock Holt .
Senior Kyle Sullivan says that the Red Sox didn’t make up for the losses with the minor additons they made this offseason. “It’s sad what the front office did this offseason. They’re going from one of the best teams of all time to a mediocre team that won’t make the playoffs. We need more assets.”
After the Astros were accused then proven guilty of stealing signs during their 2017 championship season the Red Sox were quick to let go former manager Alex Cora go. Previous bench coach Ron Roenicke has stepped in as intern manager for 2020.
Junior Jordan Saks says that Roenicke will not be a long term manager for the Red Sox. “This will most likely be a one year job for Roenicke. Unless the Red Sox win the World Series, which they won’t, he will not be the manager in 2021.”