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Red Sox fire Dave Dombrowski

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Red Sox have fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. According to ESPN’s Marly Rivera, Assistant GMs Eddie Romero, Brian O’Halloran, and Zack Scott will handle Dombrowski’s responsibilities through the end of the season before addressing the role in the offseason.

The Red Sox suffered a 10-5 loss to the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball, perhaps the straw that broke the camel’s back in a disappointing season after winning a title last year. They are now 76-67, eight games out of the second wild card in the American League.

Dombrowski’s firing comes as a shock since the team is not even one year removed from winning it all, thanks in part to decisions he made or helped make. They won a franchise-record 108 games and lost only three of 14 games in the playoffs, ultimately toppling the Dodgers in five games in the World Series.

Even Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez was surprised to hear of the news. Per Rivera, Sánchez said, “Wow, did the Red Sox just fire their president? Didn’t they just win the World Series? Why wouldn’t they let him finish out the season?”

Previously, Dombrowski had a big influence on both of the Marlins’ championships in 1997 and 2003. He also helped the Tigers reach the World Series twice, in 2006 and 2012, although they lost both times. Given his track record, there should be plenty of opportunities elsewhere if Dombrowski wants to pursue them.

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.