John Henry Reveals Frustration Over Red Sox’s Recent Struggles
After missing the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, many Boston Red Sox fans are looking for people to blame. Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom has caught much of the flak for the team's poor performance, but ownership has drawn its share of criticism as well.
Principal owner John Henry has tried to lay low by limiting public appearances and interviews during this dry spell, but he recently emerged to vent his frustrations in an email interview with Boston Sports Journal.
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The 73-year-old billionaire is not pleased with how his baseball team has performed lately, especially as he continues to fund one of MLB's largest payrolls.
"We play in the toughest division in baseball and despite spending a lot of money annually we haven't gotten the results we were looking for with the exception of 2021," Henry said. "Moving past COVID our rebuild hasn't been what we hoped for."
Henry also called out the team's disappointing lack of talent at the MLB level in 2022 given the effort and resources that have been poured into building up the farm system over the past few years.
"We've been building depth, but we saw little depth last year in the major leagues," Henry acknowledged.
The Red Sox have won four championships since Henry purchased the team in 2002, but they've also finished last in their division five times. He knows ups and downs are part of the game, but when he's helping spend more than $200 million on player salaries alone every year, he expects results.
So if Bloom isn't able to achieve those results, Henry needs to find someone else who will.