BOSTON -- Former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was hired Tuesday as the Toronto Blue Jays' vice-president of baseball operations.
This is his first job in Major League Baseball since leaving Boston about a year ago after the hiring of Dave Dombrowski, though he spent time teaching at Columbia in between.
Although Dombrowski, who's the Sox president of baseball operations, has made his fair share of moves to make the 2016 roster “his team,” this year's Sox have many players Cherington brough to Boston.
“He was great at understanding what his vision was,” John Farrell said on his old boss. “For those who worked most closely with him, he was always able to articulate what he wanted to see from not only the organization, but the individual departments . . . From that standpoint, he was great.
“He was very even-keeled. One of Ben’s traits was -- he would get excited; don’t get me wrong, he was a tremendous competitor -- but still at the same time [he was] very even-keeled [and] very thoughtful in his comments.
“And you always knew where you stood with him."
Farrell stated the two still text on occasion, and it’s clear he still values his relationship with Cherington.
“The fact that he went and served at Columbia was not a surprise,” Farrell said. “He’s got a tremendous amount of introspection and looks at things differently. I think he’s a teacher and builder at heart. And to be involved in a leadership course at Columbia -- like he was -- kind of fit what’s important to him.
“You hear his name talked about with vacancies around the game, and it’s not a surprise (he was hired by the Blue Jays). He’s got a pretty wide range of experiences as a front-office guy. I think Toronto’s added a quality person and a guy with a tremendous amount of experience.”
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