Florio/Shapiro: Red Sox’s Raquel Ferreira breaks through baseball’s glass ceiling

From John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro at The Undefeated on October 15, 2019:

We’re at Fenway Park, sitting with Raquel Ferreira in the team’s executive suite adjacent to the press box. The season just ended, so the stands are empty and the field, still emerald green, is empty except for the tarps covering the mound and the plate.

Just a month ago, the Boston Red Sox made history when they named Ferreira, a senior vice president, part of the team’s interim leadership group, the “gang of four” that took the reins from exiting general manager Dave Dombrowski. (Ferreira’s three cohorts are assistant general managers Eddie Romero, Brian O’Halloran and Zack Scott.) In her newly expanded role, Ferreira became, at least for now, the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations. The move not only is a capstone for 20 years of service to the team but, more importantly, put a woman in charge of a major league club’s front office during the regular season.

According to the principal owner of the Red Sox, John Henry, putting Ferreira, 48, on the leadership team was a no-brainer. “I met with Raquel for a lengthy discussion of her career and experiences at the Red Sox,” he told The Undefeated in an email. “The longer we spoke the more apparent it was to me that if changes were going to occur, she had earned a leadership role. She was already overseeing minor and major league operations logistically among other duties.

“So [it] was an easy decision,” he wrote. “She is a star who represents everything our organization values.”

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Originally published: October 15, 2019. Last Updated: October 15, 2019.