It’s official: according to the Boston Herald, Larry Lucchino will be out as president and CEO of the Red Sox after the 2015 season comes to a close, in what might be a sign of things to come.
Per the Boston Herald, Sam Kennedy, a Brookline native and current executive vice president and chief operating officer, will take over at the end of the season, although the transition has started to take effect. Sam Kennedy spoke to the Herald, saying that he is ready to embrace this opportunity and the responsibilities that come with it. He also thanked Larry Lucchino for mentoring him, and John Henry and Tom Werner for selecting him, according to the Herald.
It will be curious to see how this will affect this club, philosophy-wise, but there is no doubt that he left his mark. During his tenure, the Red Sox won 3 World Series titles, as well as posting the longest sellout streak in pro sports history. It also might be a sign of other major transitions coming, after the Red Sox are vastly under-performing for a second straight season.
As of right now, the Red Sox sit 11 games under .500, and 12 games behind the division leaders, the New York Yankees. And, unless something changes, that means they’ll finish last for a second straight year, so you have to wonder who else might be next. While the Herald reports that ownership wants to keep Larry Lucchino on in some executive capacity, it seems like this could be one step towards making changes after the season finishes.
This is just speculation, but I know I’m not alone in saying I’m pretty frustrated with the losing these past couple of season, and while Lucchino played his part in bringing a winning tradition back to Boston, I think the time was right for this to happen now, since the team is staring a possible second straight last place finish in the face at the moment, and the time is right to start thinking about some major changes. I could be wrong about this, but we’ll just have to see.