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Peter Gammons details how Red Sox' firing of Dave Dombrowski went down

Peter Gammons details how Red Sox' firing of Dave Dombrowski went down

If you looked at the big picture, it seemed inevitable that Dave Dombrowski wouldn't last much longer in Boston.

But why did the Red Sox fire their president of baseball operations so abruptly (and unceremoniously) late Sunday night?

The Athletic's Peter Gammons is one of the most plugged-in reporters in Boston, and he gave a pretty revealing account Monday on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" podcast of how things went down between Dombrowski and the Red Sox.

According to Gammons, who was at Fenway Park for Sunday night's Red Sox-Yankees game, Dombrowski usually walks down from his office to the Red Sox clubhouse at around 2:30 p.m. and stops to chat with reporters along his way.

But on Sunday, Gammons told host Buster Olney, Dombrowski, "kind of went barging by."

"He had something on his mind," Gammons said. "I was trying to figure out what in the world [was happening]. Did somebody get hurt or something? And then Rob Bradford from WEEI said to me, 'Gee, [Red Sox chairman] Tom Werner kind of seems like he's in a confused mode today.' "

Gammons soon put the pieces together by relaying what he had heard from a team source.

"As someone who's very close to ownership said to me (Monday) morning, Dave was tired of hearing he's not coming back next year," Gammons said. "So, he pressed and said [to ownership], 'I want to know. I want clarity. I want an extension,' and was told no. And if he didn't like it, that was it. They were just going to part ways then."

The Athletic's Evan Drellich also reported Monday that Red Sox ownership turned down Dombrowski's extension requests. But Gammons suggested Dombrowski made a final push Sunday, and when ownership rebuffed him, he picked up and left in the middle of the game.

"I looked up at one point during the game in about the sixth inning to see what Dave's expression was, and the shock was, he wasn't in his box," Gammons said.

"So, he clearly had left before the end of the game. People say he was fired after the game. I think he knew before the game that that was going to be it, and he probably made up his mind that, 'I'm going to leave. Because I know I'm not coming back.'

That hasty exit may explain why Dombrowski didn't hold a press conference, instead making a brief statement to a small group of reporters.

Dombrowski built one of the best teams in Red Sox history that brought a World Series title to Boston in 2018. But things apparently went downhill in a hurry, to the point where the team's president of baseball operations left in a huff after getting the mid-season ax.

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Report: Red Sox hire new assistant hitting coach

Report: Red Sox hire new assistant hitting coach

Three weeks after parting ways with Andy Barkett, the Boston Red Sox reportedly have their new assistant hitting coach.

The team has hired Peter Fatse as Barkett's replacement according to Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage. Fatse, who hails from Wilbraham, Mass., served as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Minnesota Twins in 2019.

Fatse will assist Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers.

His hiring kicks off what's set to be an active offseason for the Red Sox following an underwhelming campaign in which they finished 84-78 and failed to clinch a playoff berth. Boston's remaining openings include pitching coach, assistant pitching coach, and general manager.

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox have spoken to former Reds manager Bryan Price for pitching coach opening

MLB Rumors: Red Sox have spoken to former Reds manager Bryan Price for pitching coach opening

As the Red Sox look to fill its pitching coach opening vacated by Dana LeVangie, they appear to be looking into former Reds manager Bryan Price. 

Price replaced Dusty Baker as the Reds manager in 2014 and went 279-387 before he was fired after the start of the 2018 season. 

Before that, Price served as pitching coach for the Mariners from 2001-2006, winning the Pitching Coach of the Year award in 2001. He then joined the Diamondbacks staff at the same position until 2009 and joined as pitching coach for the Reds following the '09 season. 

Price certainly has an accomplished background as a pitching coach, even though his time as manager yielded a few rants directed at reporters and umpires. If he can help right the ship for the Red Sox pitching staff, a crew that probably deserves most of the blame for Boston's demise in 2019, then I'm sure Red Sox fans will be all for it. 

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