Dombrowski adds Red Sox title to 1997 Marlins championship

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum About half responded to his questionnaire, which ended with a request for a follow-up interview, and Roland Hemond of the Chicago White Sox invited him to come to Comiskey Park.Dombrowski asked about jobs in baseball, and Hemond suggested he go to the winter meetings in Honolulu. So Dombrowski headed to Hawaii, learned the White Sox were seeking an administrative assistant, cut short his senior year and started work Jan. 3 at age 21 after negotiating an $8,000 salary — $1,000 more than originally offered.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnd with that began a career that led to a World Series title with the 1997 Florida Marlins, AL pennants with Detroit in 2006 and ’12 and a second championship with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.“When you’re younger, you think that it will happen more often,” he said. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments President of Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox Dave Dombrowski sits in the team’s dugout before Game 5 of the World Series baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)LOS ANGELES — A man ahead of his time more than 40 years ago, Dave Dombrowski studied to become a general manager.Going into his junior year at Western Michigan’s Lee Honors College in 1977, he started work on his thesis: “The General Manager, ‘The Man in the Middle’” and wrote letters to every GM in the big leagues.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I think you might want to spend a little less time in the clubhouse,” Dombrowski remembered was the message. “He said they look at you differently now and I didn’t really comprehend that. They need their own space.”Dombrowski was brought in by the Red Sox to take a position above general manager Ben Cherington, who decided to leave. The Red Sox rebounded from a last-place finish to win two straight AL East titles, but after consecutive Division Series losses, Dombrowski hired rookie manager Alex Cora last fall to replace John Farrell.Cora led the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 wins during the regular season. They meet for five to 15 minutes before games to kick around ideas.“He’s been able to slow it down for me,” Cora said. “He tells me what he saw during the games or he asks me what I’m thinking.”Dombrowski takes care not to impose.“You just want to make sure that nothing’s missed, and normally it’s not,” he said. “We try to guide where necessary but also let him make his own decisions. I think it’s important.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img “In this new system of organization, the general manager would occupy the top position of the baseball department, and perform an integrative function so that his whole department would run efficiently,” he wrote then.Now 62, he looks back with fondness at his start with the White Sox. He was part of a five-man front office that included assistant business manager Mike Veeck, the son of maverick owner Bill Veeck; player personnel adviser Paul Richards; and director of baseball operations Charlie Evranian.“I used to drive Bill and Roland home a lot of times,” Dombrowski said. “I answered tryout letters. I did filing. I got to go to spring training. I set up transportation. At that time you did everything and anything they wanted, and I loved it. I was there every hour of the day basically, every waking hour, because there were few of us.”His job with the Red Sox isn’t comparable.“Now, we have a gathering of the baseball group, there’s 35 in the front office,” he said in Dodger Stadium’s first base dugout before Game 5.Chicago promoted Dombrowski several times, but he was fired when Ken Harrelson was GM in 1986. Murray Cook hired him as Montreal’s director of player development and Dombrowski became the Expos’ GM in July 1988 at age 31.Dombrowski stayed a little more than three years, then left in September 1991 to become GM of the expansion Marlins ahead of their first season in 1993.He hired Jim Leyland as manager in 1996, and a year later the Marlins won the World Series in just their fifth season. Founding owner H. Wayne Huizenga sold the team to Henry in January 1999, and Dombrowski remained as GM until November 2001.As Henry prepared to sell the Marlins and head the group that bought the Red Sox, Dombrowski left to become president and chief executive officer of the Tigers. Leyland joined Dombrowski as manager for 2006 and spent eight seasons with Detroit that included just one losing record.Tigers scout Scott Reid taught Dombrowski a valuable lesson, that times had changed and he no longer should keep a locker in the clubhouse and change after jogging. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Westbrook, George lead Thunder past Suns for 1st win Dombrowski was hired as Boston’s president of baseball operations in August 2015, two weeks after he was fired by the Tigers in the middle of his 14th season.Hours after Detroit made its stunning announcement, Dombrowski received a call from Red Sox owner John Henry, who bought the Marlins in January 1999 after Dombrowski had completed six seasons as Florida’s GM.“He said, ‘Let’s talk.’ He said, ‘I’ve got some thoughts. Please don’t do anything,’” Dombrowski recalled Sunday.Dombrowski’s 77-page paper, finished in 1978, examined running ballclubs back to the 1860s, the hiring of men to run teams for absentee owners and the creation of the GM job when Cleveland owner Alva Bradley hired Billy Evans in November 1927.He examined the success of Branch Rickey and George Weiss, and discussed the changes brought about by the players’ union. Dombrowski correctly predicted big business and internationalization would transform the role into a senior executive supervising a staff.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Liberia Mourns Major-General Dr. Julius Oketta’s Passing

first_imgLiberia has joined the Republic of Uganda and the African Union (AU) to mourn the death of the former Head of Mission to the African Union Support to Ebola outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), Major-General Dr. Julius Facki Oketta.Dr. Oketta passed away in Kampala, Uganda, following a heart attack on Saturday, November 5. He was 60 years old. During the height of the Ebola epidemic in the Mano River Union, Major-General Oketta headed the ASEOWA Mission, which included 855 civilian and military health volunteers, who battled the fight against Ebola in the sub-region. According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, Major-General Oketta, being a disciplined soldier, led the successful defeat of Ebola without the AU losing a single soldier (health volunteer) in 2014.On February 11, 2015, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, and President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, honored Dr. Oketta for his contributions to the fight against Ebola and awarded him the decoration of “Distinguished Service Order” during the 58th Armed Forces Day celebration in Liberia.In September 2014, at the height of the Ebola epidemic, Major-General Oketta was nominated to join the AU-led humanitarian mission to address the threat of the Ebola virus to the continent. The mission, code-named ASEOWA, was based in Ethiopia.During his stay in Liberia, along with his team, among other activities, ASEOWA supported William V. S. Tubman High School, the Monrovia Demonstration Public School, both in Montserrado County and the Government High School in Tubmanburg, Bomi County. At Tubman High, Dr. Oketta donated five giant-size water tanks to ease the long queue of students who stood for hours just to wash their hands before entering and leaving classes. At the Demonstration Public School, ASEOWA donated two of the same water tanks, where Dr. Oketta along with his team of health experts, taught the students how to wash their hands to stop the transmission of the virus. While closing the ASEOWA mission on the margins of the AU Summit in January this year, the AU Chairperson, Dr. Dlamini Zuma, said Africa remained truly indebted to Gen. Oketta, and was pleased that the AU had an opportunity to recognize his leadership, and appreciate his dedicated, committed andselfless services to the continent and to humanity. Major General Oketta led the Regional Reserve Forces Command when the Uganda People’s Defense Force helped in combating the Ebola epidemic in Northern Uganda. He was the Director of the National Emergency Coordination and Operations Center (NECOC) in the Office of the Prime Minister of Uganda and had been seconded to the AU-led humanitarian mission. Until his death last week, Maj./Gen. Oketta was the deputy coordinator Operation Wealth Creation. He held a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration and attended Senior Command and Staff College (SCSC). Dr. Oketta was a Member of the Parliament of Uganda and served as a Member of the Advisory Board of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF). He also served as the Chief ofLogistics and Engineering for the Ugandan Army. He had many years of experience in the field of civil-military humanitarian response.He will be laid to rest on Wednesday, November 9, in Katikati, Uganda, the release said. The Foreign Affairs release said the Liberian government has expressed its regrets at his passing and prays that the Almighty will console the bereaved family and the Ugandan government and people. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more