Red Sox

McAdam: As Chaim Bloom gets to work, a look at the path that led him to Boston

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Chaim Bloom has, officially, been on the job for tw0 weeks as the Red Sox' new chief baseball officer.

In that time, he's gotten acclimated to his new city and workplace, introduced himself to scores of new co-workers, reached out to Red Sox players past and present and prepared for the big task at hand: making the franchise competitive again following a hollow 2019 season that saw the Sox drop off 24 games in the win column and tumble into irrelevancy by mid-season.

On Monday, that work began in earnest, with the kickoff of the GM Meetings in Scottsdale. There, Bloom will begin laying the groundwork for a busy winter. He must, at once, address the failures of the starting rotation, add to the bullpen, fill-in holes on the right side of the infield, and not incidentally, determine how to best bring the Red Sox payroll under control again.

The latter will also involve figuring out whether the future involves the club's best player, Mookie Betts.

It's a challenging to-do list.

But before Bloom embarks on what figures to be one of the busiest and turbulent offseasons in recent memory, it's worth examining how it was he arrived here.

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"I can't remember what first drew me to the game,'' Bloom told BostonSportsJournal.com, ''but I've loved baseball since I was a kid (growing up in the Philadelphia area). I was a Phillies fan growing up and the success of that worst-to-first '93 team made a real impression on me.''

Catcher Darren Daulton, a key figure on that team, was a particular favorite of Bloom's, though he notes: "There were a lot of interesting characters on that club.''

That stands as a massive understatement. Imagine a clubhouse which included -- among others -- Curt Schilling, John Kruk, Lenny Dykstra and Mitch Williams. That group seems like less the National League champions than fun-loving marauders who happened to play softball in a men's beer league for fun on the weekend. That they ultimately lost the World Series on a walk-off homer by Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays seems now like an afterthought.

Bloom, who was 10 at the time of the 1993 World Series, saw his love for baseball only grow.