President of Baseball Operations
David Dombrowski was named President of Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox in August of 2015. In his role, he is responsible for all baseball matters for the club.
In his 40 years of service, Dombrowski has established himself as one of the most distinguished executives in Major League Baseball history. With Dombrowski at the helm, his clubs have amassed well over 2,000 wins resulting in numerous trips to the Postseason and four pennants. This past fall, the Red Sox team he constructed earned him his second World Series title, making him one of a handful of executives to be the architect of a World Series winner in both the National and American Leagues.
Since the date of his hiring (8/18/15), Boston has posted a major league-best 320-210 (.604) record and Dombrowski's first three full seasons (2016-18) have yielded American League East division titles. Prior to 2017, the Red Sox had never won consecutive AL East titles in the current division alignment which was established in 1969. The club's third consecutive division championship in 2018 came as the result of a single-season franchise-record 108 wins, eclipsing the previous record of 105 set in 1912, the first year at Fenway Park. Eleven more victories in the Postseason gave Boston 119 for the year - the winningest season in club history - and its ninth World Series title.
Prior to Dombrowski's arrival in Boston, he served as President, CEO & General Manager of the Detroit Tigers from November 5, 2001 until August 4, 2015. During his tenure in Detroit, which spanned 14 seasons, his teams reached the Postseason five times: first as the American League Wild Card winner in 2006, which snapped an 18-year playoff drought for the organization, and again with a franchise-record four consecutive AL Central Division titles from 2011-14. Detroit captured the AL pennant twice in that time frame, in 2006 and in 2012, with the former marking the team's first trip to the World Series since 1984. His 2013 club was eliminated by the Red Sox in a thrilling six-game league championship series.
Prior to his time with the Tigers, Dombrowski spent 10 years as General Manager for the Florida Marlins. His tenure there began in September of 1991 when was hired as the franchise's first-ever Executive Vice President and General Manager. While at the helm in South Florida, Dombrowski constructed the Marlins team that won the World Series title in 1997, just their fifth year of existence. Starting from their inaugural season in 1993 through 1997, the Marlins increased their winning percentage year over year, becoming the first-ever expansion team to do so. It was in Miami that Dombrowski first worked with current Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, who was the Marlins Chairman and sole owner from January 1999 until February 2002. In 1998, the Marlins were honored by USA Today as Organization of the Year.
Before landing with the Marlins, Dombrowski served the Montreal Expos for parts of five years (December 1986-September 1991) in a variety of front office roles including Director of the club's minor league system, Assistant General Manager, Vice President of Player Personnel, and General Manager. He was 32 years old at the time of his appointment to General Manager prior to the 1990 season, the youngest chief baseball official in the major leagues at the time. Following the 1990 season, he was recognized as the UPI Major League Executive of the Year, and Baseball America acknowledged the Expos as Organization of the Year in both 1988 and 1990.
It was with the Chicago White Sox that Dombrowski received his first baseball experience in 1978 under the tutelage of long-time baseball executive Roland Hemond. Dombrowski spent four seasons working in the minor league and scouting department and in the player development department of the White Sox before being named Assistant General Manager under Hemond in November 1981. He eventually was named Vice President of Baseball Operations in December of 1985.
In addition to his extensive accomplishments relating to on-field baseball performance, Dombrowski has also been involved in areas off the field around the game. In April of 2013, former Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig named him chairman of the Commissioner's On-Field Diversity Task Force, which addresses the talent pipeline that impacts the representation and development of diverse players and on-field personnel in Major League Baseball, particularly African-Americans. While with the Tigers, also in 2013, he accepted the Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence on behalf of the club for their Anti-Bullying community program.
Throughout his career, Dombrowski has received numerous awards for his achievements in baseball, including Baseball America's Executive of the Year award in both 2006 and 2018. At MLB's annual General Managers Meetings, he has been recognized several times with the John Schuerholz Longevity Achievement Award for his years of service as a General Manager and President of Baseball Operations, most recently in November 2018 for reaching 30 years in those roles. Dombrowski was a co-recipient of The Sporting News' Executive of the Year Award with Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug Melvin in 2011 and received the Andrew "Rube" Foster Award the same year presented by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum as AL Executive of the Year. In addition, he was named Sports Executive of the Year at the 10th annual March of Dimes National Athletic Awards dinner in February 1998.
In January 2012, he was inducted into the Lou Boudreau Hall of Fame by the Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago.
A native of Chicago, IL, Dombrowski is a graduate of Richards High School in Oak Lawn, IL. He attended Cornell University - where he played football - for one year, but later transferred to Western Michigan University where he earned a degree in business administration in 1979. His alma mater recognized him with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998.
Dombrowski and his wife, Karie, live in suburban Boston. The couple has two children, a daughter, Darbi, who attends the University of Oklahoma, and a son, Landon, who attends Wake Forest University.