Ben Cherington has been chosen to replace Theo Epstein as general manager of the Boston Red Sox, Yahoo! Sports learned Thursday.
Cherington, the club’s vice president of player personnel under Epstein, takes over in a chaotic period for the Red Sox. He’ll be asked to repair a flawed roster, name a field manager, clean up a dysfunctional clubhouse and carry on in the shadow of Epstein, who, according to reports, will become general manager of the Chicago Cubs.
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After a particularly ugly and embarrassing six weeks in Boston, during which the Red Sox collapsed in the season’s final month, manager Terry Francona was dismissed, and Epstein jumped to the Cubs.
The Red Sox initially hired Cherington as an intern in 1997. He has served the club in many capacities over 14 years, the past three as Epstein’s lead assistant. He is 37 years old.
Epstein, who was named general manager of the Red Sox in 2002, was credited with building two World Series champions in Boston. He left for the Cubs this week, with still a year remaining on his contract.
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