The Red Sox recently fired GM Dave Dombrowski. Now they’re dismissing a couple of his associates.
Jon Heyman reports that the Sox’ senior VP of baseball operations, Frank Wren, and special assignment scout Eddie Bane will not be returning to the club. Wren has been fired. Bane has been notified that his contract will not be renewed. Different mechanisms but they’re both gone.
Wren’s dismissal is not shocking, as he was a Dombrowski man. He was brought in after Dombrowski was hired having worked with him in both Miami and Montreal. Bane preceded Dombrowski’s tenure in Boston, having been hired away from the Angels in 2012. In Anaheim he was the architect of several successful drafts, including the draft that landed Mike Trout with the 25th pick in the first round.
No matter what their bonafides, however, when the king is exiled, his court soon follows. Expect even more shuffling when the Red Sox hire a new GM to replace Dombrowski on a permanent basis.
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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