|Dave Dombrowski, May 19, 2010 by Cathleen Carrigan via Wiki Commons|
BornJuly 27, 1956 (age 59)
Alma materWestern Michigan University
Chicago White Sox 1978 ... moved up ... to assistant general manager 1986
Montreal Expos director of player development ... 1987 ... July 5, 1988, he became, at age 31, Montreal's general manager—the youngest in MLB at the time
Florida Marlins, recruited Dombrowski to become its first general manager; he was appointed on September 19, 1991... more than a decade in Miami ... 1997 NL pennant and world championship ... Dombrowski hired Jim Leyland as manager of the Marlins in 1996.
Detroit Tigers ... For the 2002 season ... first person to serve as both president and GM for the Tigers since Jim Campbell held both titles from 1978 to 1983...
In 2003, the Tigers lost an American League-record 119 games, one fewer loss than the modern MLB record set by the 1962 New York Mets.... the 2006 Tigers, led by manager Jim Leyland, won their first AL pennant since their championship season of 1984... In the 2006 World Series, they were defeated in five games by the St. Louis Cardinals...
In 2012, the Tigers reached their second World Series by sweeping the New York Yankees in 4 straight games. The Tigers were then swept by the San Francisco Giants in 4 straight games, losing the World Series.
On August 4, 2015, Dombrowski was released by the Tigers ... In fourteen years with Tigers organization, Dombrowski led the Tigers to five playoff appearances, four consecutive American League Central division titles, four American League Championship Series appearances, including three consecutive ALCS appearances from 2011 to 2013, and two AL pennants, in 2006 and 2012. Prior to his hiring, the Tigers had missed the playoffs in fourteen consecutive seasons, and had just four playoff appearances in the 60 season stretch from 1946 to 2005.
Boston Red Sox On August 18, 2015, Dombrowski was named the President of Baseball Operations of the Boston Red Sox.
With the Marlins Dombrowski outbid the Red Sox and Dodgers to sign 16 year old Miguel Cabrera July 2, 1999. Then with Dombrowski as Detroit GM, Cabrera:
- December 4, 2007: Traded by the Florida Marlins with Dontrelle Willis to the Detroit Tigers for Dallas Trahern (minors), Burke Badenhop, Frankie De La Cruz,Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller and Mike Rabelo.
- December 8, 2009: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Arizona Diamondbacks with Daniel Schlereth to the Detroit Tigers. The Detroit Tigers sent Curtis Granderson to the New York Yankees. The Detroit Tigers sent Edwin Jackson to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The New York Yankees sent Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to the Detroit Tigers. The New York Yankees sent Ian Kennedy to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- November 26, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.
- October 30, 2014: Granted Free Agency.
- November 14, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.
- March 24, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.
- June 7, 2004: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2004 amateur draft. Player signed October 25, 2004.
- January 26, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.
- November 20, 2013: Traded by the Detroit Tigers with cash to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler.
- December 11, 2014: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Gabe Speier (minors) and Alex Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for Rick Porcello.
- July 31, 2015: Traded by the Detroit Tigers to the New York Mets for Luis Cessa (minors) and Michael Fulmer (minors).
- July 31, 2014: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Detroit Tigers. The Detroit Tigers sent Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners. The Detroit Tigers sent Willy Adames (minors) and Drew Smyly to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Seattle Mariners sent Nick Franklin to the Tampa Bay Rays.
- July 30, 2015: Traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jairo Labourt (minors), Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris.
- December 5, 2014: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the New York Yankees to the Detroit Tigers. The Detroit Tigers sent Domingo Leyba (minors) and Robbie Ray to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Didi Gregorius to the New York Yankees.
Traded for nobodies by teams that quit: Price, Cespedes, Cueto, Hamels, Kazmir. Saturday, August 1, 2015
About one third of the teams have quit with one third of the season remaining. They chose to trade key players in exchange for unproven players almost all of whom have never played in the Major Baseball League (MBL)...
David Price 2012 Cy Young award; free agent after 2015
What if a team that quit makes the tournament? Monday, August 3, 2015
The Detroit Tigers are 3.5 games out of a wild card tournament spot...
What if Detroit qualifies for the tournament and must play the one game do-or-die wild card game against the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto starts David Price who played one year for Detroit, basically from the 2014 trading deadline to the 2015 trading deadline? ...
Irony abounds. In dumping 29 year old free agent to be David Price on Toronto Detroit received 22 year old Daniel Norris who in 2014 and 2015 had pitched a total of 30 innings for Toronto...
Like Price, Cespedes has been traded at the two most recent deadlines. Also like Price, Cespedes becomes a free agent after the 2015 season.
Dave Dombrowski, Tigers GM, fired because he gave up but owner didn't. Wednesday, August 5, 2015
New Detroit Tigers General Manager (GM) Al Avila on Tigers owner Mike Ilitch: 'He hasn't given up on this year'.