Red Sox Name Ben Cherington Executive Vice President, General Manager

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Ben Cherington was named executive vice president and general manager of the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Cherington has been with the Red Sox for the last 13 seasons and 14 seasons overall in Major League Baseball. He has served as the team’s senior vice president and assistant general manager since January 2009, working with former GM Theo Epstein on player evaluation, analysis, acquisition and contract negotiations, according to a team news release.

“Ben Cherington is one of the youngest ‘veterans’ in the game of baseball,” Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino said in a statement. “He has already worked his way through every aspect of baseball operations, and over the years has gained a well-rounded set of experiences that will help him guide this franchise to its next world championship.

“There is no one more prepared to take on the role of general manager of the Red Sox than Ben,” Lucchino added. “He will hit the ground running, in full stride, and no one will outwork him.”

Cherington, 37, oversaw the development of Daniel Bard, Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury and Jed Lowrie while directing amateur scouting and player development in the Red Sox. He acted as co-GM along with Jed Hoyer during Epstein’s brief absence from the post in winter of 2005-06. In that time, the Red Sox traded for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell, who were key players in the 2007 World Series championship.

Cherington began with the Indians as an advance scout in 1998 and joined the Red Sox in 1999 as a Mid-Atlantic area scout. He has served as a baseball operations assistant, coordinator of international scouting, assistant director of player development and director of player development.

Cherington is a native of Meriden, N.H., and graduated from Amherst College, where he played baseball.

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