Crimson Sox’ Trevor Story feels a ‘shared blame’ after Chaim Bloom’s firing

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“We didn’t get the job achieved on the sphere.”

New Boston Red Sox shortstop Trevor Story, center, holds a jersey as manager Alex Cora, right, and Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom, left, join in during a baseball press conference at JetBlue Park Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in Fort Myers, Fla.
Trevor Story signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the Crimson Sox in 2022. AP Photograph/Steve Helber

Throughout Chaim Bloom’s four-year tenure with the Crimson Sox, he wasn’t identified for doling out hefty contracts.

He did make some exceptions, nevertheless. The biggest free-agent deal he penned got here in 2022, when Boston signed Trevor Story to a six-year, $140 million contract.

Initially slotted in as a second baseman (and later a substitute for Xander Bogaerts at quick), the previous All-Star was anticipated to convey pop on the plate and defensive fortitude to Boston.

However Story’s time in Boston has largely been marred by accidents and underperformance.

Now with Bloom proven the door en route to a different last-place end for the Crimson Sox, Story feels for the previous baseball government who performed a key position in his arrival to Boston.

“He’s an enormous purpose why I got here right here,” Story mentioned about Bloom, per Christopher Smith of “No one cares greater than Chaim. And I believe it’s robust. It’s type of a shared blame. We didn’t get the job achieved on the sphere. I believe if you happen to ask anyone on the group, on the workers, all of us type of really feel a shared blame there. On the finish of the day, it’s about performing.”

Story’s debut season in 2022 was restricted to simply 94 video games, with the 30-year-old batting .238 with 16 dwelling runs and 66 RBI.

Any hope of a bounce-back season in 2023 got here to an finish earlier than spring coaching even started. Boston introduced in January that Story wanted to bear main elbow surgical procedure, which sidelined him till the second week of August.

Story’s defensive capabilities have been a welcome sight, given Boston’s woes within the infield this season. However coming into Thursday, Story is batting .188 with two dwelling runs and 10 RBI over 112 at-bats (30 video games).

“I believe for me, simply inconsistent,” Story mentioned of his time up to now with Boston. “Clearly health-wise, inconsistent. So I’m trying ahead to placing that behind me and having a superb subsequent 4 or 5 – 6 years and put these first two type of behind us.

“ As a result of personally, I didn’t carry out the best way I need. And as a group, type of the identical approach. I believe we’ve actually received to discover a approach to take a look at our course of, take a look at ourselves within the mirror and see what we do proper and issues we will enhance on. And simply type of go at it from there.”