Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino is stepping down at the end of the season.
Since Lucchino became a part owner of the team in 2002, the Red Sox have won three World Series. Now, he announces he's ready for a new challenge.
In Statement released Sunday, Lucchino says quote
"As far back as 2004, the year of our first world championship, I started to plan for the day when I would want to cut back a little. I even inserted a clause to that effect in my contract," Lucchino said in a statement Sunday. "I have now been President/CEO of the Red Sox for 14 years. I love the Red Sox, I love Fenway Park, and I love Boston. It's my home. It's never easy to leave a job you love, but I look forward to the next chapters."
Lucchino first made baseball history with his work with the Baltimore Orioles. He led the renovation project at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which revolutionized how ballparks were built. He even did some of the same work to historic Fenway Park. Hinting that he may still be involved with the Red Sox organization, his fans say they could only be grateful.
"It's not an easy job winning the World Series, so we wish him the best," said one.
Larry Lucchino suggested that Executive Vice President Sam Kennedy, a native of Brookline, Massachusetts, should replace him. The Red Sox have not commented on the matter, but MLB.com reports that Kennedy will, in deed, take over.