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Red Sox won’t hold press conference about Dave Dombrowski firing

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We talked at length about why Dave Dombrowski got fired, but the “how” of it all is rather interesting.

It was unexpected. We know that. The Sox just won the World Series. The timing of it — at midnight, after a Sunday night game on the opening Sunday of the NFL season when the Patriots made big news — was a tad unusual too. It happens like that sometimes, but it gives off the impression of being hasty or, at the very least, makes it look the team was trying to bury it, as if this sort of thing could be truly buried.

But I’m mostly fascinated with how the Red Sox, apparently, seem to have no interest in explaining the why:

You’d think a presser would be in order, wouldn’t you? Instead we’re going to get a lot of stories in which anonymous sources tell reporters things that put Dombrowski in a bad light. Which, while a time-honored Boston sports tradition, is certainly less than illuminating.

We’re already getting a little bit of that today, as I saw one article in which the Red Sox’ spending under Dombrowski was cited by an anonymous source as a problem. Which is weird given that I have no doubt that all of his big expenditures — Chris Sale‘s extension, the J.D. Martinez signing, etc. — got signoff from ownership.

Now, though, that’s Dombrowski’s fault, I guess, and no one will be able to ask John Henry a question about why such spending was fine with him six months ago but ceased being fine as of midnight last night.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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