The headlines off the press at midnight, September 9th, 2019 read “Dave Dombrowski dismissed as Red Sox president” and they honestly should read, however, “Raquel Ferreira makes MLB history.”
Following tonight’s 10-5 loss to the Bronx Bombers, Dave Dombrowski was dismissed amidst a disappointing 2019 campaign that sees them in sitting in third place and looking up in the standings to see not only the Yankees, but surging-second place Tampa Bay Rays in the playoff picture. Boston just won the World Series last year, but is strapped financially with a dismal farm, and Mookie Betts and potentially JD Martinez hitting free agency in the coming seasons.
It was first reported by ESPNs Jeff Passan on Twitter, as you can see below:
BREAKING: Dave Dombrowski is out as president of the Boston Red Sox. Assistant general manager Eddie Romero will take over as head of baseball operations.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 9, 2019
But it was also reported by Jeff Passan later on in the wee hours of the morning that it’d be a group job taking over the duties:
Assistant GM Eddie Romero is going to be part of a group of executives taking over baseball operations with the Red Sox, including Brian O'Halloran and Zack Scott, a source tells ESPN. They are three of the top decision-makers with the Red Sox right now and will work together.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 9, 2019
These are still only 3 of the names. The other?
Among the group overseeing Red Sox baseball-ops duties on an interim basis: Raquel Ferreira, a deeply respected longtime employee and currently an SVP with the team, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 9, 2019
No woman ever has been in that high of a decision-making position in Major League Baseball.
Red Sox’ Senior Vice President Raquel Ferreira. A figure that All-Star players such as Xander Bogaerts (pictured), franchise icon and former AL MVP Dustin Pedroia among others revere as a confidant both “on and off the field”, Ferreira is one of the most respected executives in Beantown. Raquel Ferreira is in her 21st year with the Red Sox organization, and currently oversees major and minor league operations for the players. She deals with budgeting, tenders contracts, player insurance, among other things. She played a pivotal part in developing Boston’s current Rookie Development System, which was put in place in 2004, the year they broke the “Curse of the Bambino” after 86 long, weary, dreadful years. She is the head of Boston’s player immigration program.
In 2002, she was awarded the franchise’s Edward Kennedy award, which is annually given to the executive that exemplifies work ethic. Coming from a family of immigrants from Cape Verde, no doubt just getting to the Red Sox organization in a heavily-male dominant profession was a dream attainable only through hard work. Her first job in Boston was in 1999, when a friend suggested her as an administrative assistant for Ken Qualls. Qualls was the director of player development for the Sox under Dan Duquette.
In 2017, she became the Sox vice president of baseball operations. She was only the third woman in baseball history to be given such distinction by an MLB franchise. This past offseason, she became the senior vice president.
Now, with no president of baseball operations at the helm, it’s a committee that’s overseeing the storied franchise in the role. With Ferreira being named on the committee, she is the first woman to ever be in power as the president of baseball operations for a Major League Franchise.
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