Named General Manager of the Boston Red Sox on October 25, 2011, Ben Cherington brings with him a strong background both in New England and with the Red Sox. Serving as senior vice president and assistant general manager of the Red Sox since January 2009, Cherington first joined the Red Sox ten years earlier.
Cherington was born in Meriden, New Hampshire in 1974 and graduated from Amherst College, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team until a torn labrum ended his playing career. Nonetheless, he stuck with the team and helped run the program as an assistant coach, and his dedication eventually landed him his first position in the Majors as a video advance scout with the Cleveland Indians in 1998.
He was hired by the Red Sox early in 1999 as an area scout in the Mid-Atlantic region by fellow Amherst College alum Dan Duquette, and was quickly brought into the baseball operations department that May. On December 7, 2002, Cherington was named assistant director of player development. The following year, he became director of player development, in charge of the farm system and player development.
After Epstein left the Red Sox in October 2005, the team appointed Cherington and Jed Hoyer as co-general managers. When Epstein returned early the following year, Cherington was named vice president of player personnel on January 24, 2006, before being named senior vice president and assistant general manager three years later.
Now in his 13th year with the Boston Red Sox, Cherington has risen through the organization and will lead the team's baseball operations department as the club embarks on its second century at Fenway Park.