What I'm Hearing: USA TODAY Sports & # 39; Bob Nightengale tells us what he hears about which MLB players are going home with some hardware at the end of the season .
One day, you will write about how the Detroit Tigers should sign Dave Dombrowski to a contract extension.
The next day, you walk into the Tigers' club room to find a ghost.
This was on August 4, 2015, when I took the back door, through the house house to Comerica Park and up the tunnel and into a completely chaotic clubhouse.
My jaw was about to hit the floor, as well as the rest of the media. The Tigers sent a pregame email: They fired Dombrowski, the veteran general manager since 2002 responsible for the most prolific stretch of baseball in franchise history, including five playoff appearances and two championships ALCS. Dave Dombrowski watches batting practice from the stands. "width =" 540 "data-mycapture-src =" https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/08/20/USAT/39fd6293-67d7-4852-8ba1-bc2d30febf2d-USATSI_10880498.jpg "data -mycapture-sm-src = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/08/20/USAT/39fd6293-67d7-4852-8ba1-bc2d30febf2d-USATSI_10880498.jpg?width=500&height=339" />
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski observes batting practice from the stands. (Photo: Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports)
Soon after, he walked out of the clubhouse with his son Landon, who is in tears. He will be accepted to run the Red Sox. He will do what he does – win – the same way he did it in Detroit, by signing players who with big money and traded the best prospects in Boston for a superstar collection.
In four seasons, Dombrowski won three American League East titles. 2018, he won his second World Series, all but reflecting on his place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Early Monday morning, Dombrowski was fired again. This time, it was a postgame, just past midnight, when a Red Sox spokesperson informed a pack of journalists waiting to enter the clubhouse.
The Red Sox doubled their roster at the World Series last year, adding more payroll, only to be lost this postseason. The sudden nature of his exit and the big question of how attractive that day was at Comerica Park.
Dombrowski, 63, has proven himself to be one of the best GMs in the game, consistently pitching winning teams and two of them to World Series champions.
He was not disgusted with the way he handled it. He is being asked to work for – none of his Detroit assistants come to Boston with him, even without knowing if anyone is offered the opportunity – and mainly builds his teams on his terms.
But when former team owner Mike Ilitch fired Dombrowski on the phone, the Tigers had to come up with a different approach, an unnecessary force by Dombrowski.
During the Red Sox & # 39; s 2019 season to overthrow the canal, hundreds of millions of dollars focused on pitcher pitchers. reminiscent of damage and a fragile farm system, Dombrowski's departure may be forecasting.
He was hired by the Red Sox with one goal: Win the World Series. He accomplished that. In less than a year, he was out of work.
Getting fired is almost a rite of passage in baseball: Everyone gets fired – GMs, managers, coaches, you name it. But when it happened at Dombrowski, it was seven minutes past midnight and a season after winning it all, it wasn't running in the truer. Rays during the seventh inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo / Charles Krupa) (Photo: The Associated Press)