Senior Vice President/Player Personnel
Allard Baird, named Red Sox Senior Vice President, Player Personnel in January 2015, continues to be a key voice on all player personnel decisions for the club. In 2011, he served as Vice President, Player Personnel/Professional Scouting, overseeing the Red Sox professional scouting department in addition to his player personnel responsibilities. Previously, Baird was Assistant to the General Manager, a position he held since November 1, 2006. In that role, he ran the pro scouting operation, and served as an advisor to Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein on all facets of the club's baseball operations. Baird was a special assignment scout for major and minor league coverage as well as the amateur draft.
Baird, 55, joined the Red Sox in July, 2006 as a special assignment scout. He served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Kansas City Royals from June 2000-May 2006, the fifth GM in franchise history. In October of 2012, Baird was inducted to the Southern Arkansas University Sports Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of his hometown, Rochester, NH, in May of 2005. In 2003, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum named him the recipient of the Rube Foster Award, as the American League Executive of the Year. Baird was also a member of the Baseball Olympic Selection Committee for the 2000 Gold medal-winning team.
Overall, Baird spent 18 years with the Royals beginning as a minor league hitting coach and infield instructor from 1988-89. He then served as Territorial Scouting Supervisor for the organization in Florida from 1990-92, and as National Scouting Cross-Checker from 1993-97, when he was appointed Special Assistant to the General Manager.
In 1998, he was appointed Assistant General Manager. During his scouting tenure, he was responsible for signing outfielder Johnny Damon. Prior to joining the Royals, Baird served as head baseball coach at Broward (FL) Community College for two years after beginning his coaching tenure in 1985 as an assistant at Southern Arkansas University, where he also played.
A Rochester, NH, native, Baird makes his home in the off season in Miami, FL, with his wife, Julie.