The Boston Red Sox on Monday unveiled Chaim Bloom as the team's chief baseball officer, bringing on board a young but well-respected executive who'd worked his way up from the bottom at the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bloom knows from those 15 years playing against the Red Sox just how strong the team's staff is, he said Monday at a news conference at Fenway Park.
"The bond between this organization and its fan base is unlike anything else in sports," Bloom said, addressing fans. "I know how passionate you are and I know how important this team is to you, and I don't take that lightly."
At the news conference, Bloom broke the news that Brian O'Halloran was being promoted to general manager. He'd been an assistant GM since November, under Dave Dombrowski, who was let go in September.
Bloom's hiring was first reported Friday, but the announcement came on an off-day during the World Series.
“We believe Chaim is exactly the right person to lead the Boston Red Sox baseball operation based on a number of attributes we sought in this process,” Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry said in a statement.
“We had done exhaustive work narrowing down candidates. That work led us to Chaim, who was the first executive invited to Boston for an interview. He made a strong impression on all of us and validated our initial research that he was the one to lead our baseball operation," he continued.
Bloom is a 36-year-old Yale graduate who worked 15 years in the Rays organization, starting as an intern and spending the last three as a senior vice president of baseball operations.
Team officials announcing the hiring touted the creativity and collaboration that Bloom was known for.