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Dave Dombrowski joins group attempting to bring MLB team to Nashville

Dave Dombrowski joins group attempting to bring MLB team to Nashville

The next major league team Dave Dombrowski runs might be a new one.

The former Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations has joined Music City Baseball LLC, a group seeking to bring a Major League Baseball team to Nashville.

Dombrowski will serve as a baseball advisor and consultant for Music City Baseball, whose board also includes his former Red Sox special assistant, Tony LaRussa, and ex-Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart.

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"It’s clear to me that Nashville is ready for Major League Baseball, and Music City Baseball is making smart and exciting decisions as it works to bringing a team here," Dombrowski said Monday in a statement, via The Tennessean. "From its relationship with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to its community support, Music City Baseball has built a strong foundation."

Music City Baseball was formed in 2019 and is hoping to land an expansion franchise in Nashville or have a current MLB team relocate to the Tennessee capital.

This is an interesting next step for Dombrowski, who helped the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series during his four-year tenure in Boston. The 63-year-old Chicago native previously held general manager jobs with the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers and won the 1997 World Series with the Marlins.

If Dombrowski and the Music City Baseball team are successful in bringing baseball to Nashville, might their next step be courting 2021 free agent and Nashville native Mookie Betts?

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

FINAL SCORE: Boston Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3

IN BRIEF: Alex Verdugo homered twice and Mitch Moreland added one of his own in the Red Sox' win over the Blue Jays on Friday night. The Red Sox capitalized on a woeful outing from Blue Jays starter Tanner Roark, who walked five batters and allowed four runs in three innings pitched.

Sox starter Ryan Weber allowed two runs in three innings, then the bullpen put together an admirable effort to preserve the lead.

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BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 5-8

HIGHLIGHTS

Well, that escalated quickly

Verdugo's first Fenway homer

Moreland's two-run shot

Vlad Jr. brings Jays within one

Homer No. 2 for Verdugo...

...and then he robs one!

UP NEXT
vs. Blue Jays, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., NESN
vs. Blue Jays, Sunday, 1:35 p.m., NESN

Red Sox players erect perfect Fenway Park tribute to Dustin Pedroia

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Red Sox players erect perfect Fenway Park tribute to Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia may not be with his teammates this season, but that doesn't mean he can't watch over them with an iron glare from the best seats in the house.

Red Sox players asked if cutouts of family members could be placed in the box seats behind the home dugout, and the first row includes quite the intimidating image -- Pedroia and his three sons staring at the field, arms folded sternly.

From left to right, Cole, 7, Dylan, 11, and Brooks, 6, mimic their father's pose. All four were fixtures at Fenway Park in recent years before injuries took their toll and effectively ended Pedroia's career.


(Photo via Barry Alley)

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Until being injured on a questionable slide by Manny Machado in 2017, Pedroia was on his way to making a borderline Hall of Fame case for himself. The former Rookie of the Year and MVP played an integral part in two World Series championships, and also earned a ring after appearing in three games for the 2018 club.

The four-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glover went just 2-for-20 in six games last year before shutting it down, probably for good. His six-year, $85 million extension expires after next season.

Even if his Red Sox career is over, his impact on the franchise is not, which is why his teammates have chosen to honor him in a way that perfectly suits his bleep-talking, larger-than-life personality -- by glowering at them like he's about to hurl an insult.


Xander Bogaerts poses next to cardboard cutouts of his mom, Sandra Brown, and his uncle, Glenroy Brown (Photo via Barry Alley).