Red Sox CEO Lucchino issues statement on stepping down

Boston won three World Series titles under Lucchino

File- This Feb. 25, 2015, file photo shows Boston Red Sox President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Lucchino, responding to questions during a news conference in Fort Myers Fla. Lucchino is stepping down this year. Team spokesman Kevin Gregg says in an email that Lucchino hopes to remain with the club in some capacity. Gregg also says Sam Kennedy, the executive vice president and COO of the Red Sox, is Lucchino’s choice to take over as president.(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

BOSTON (AP/WWLP) — Larry Lucchino, who is stepping down as president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, says “the end of the year is a good time for this change.”

Lucchino, 69, was part of the ownership group that purchased the Red Sox in 2002. Boston won the World Series two years later, and added two more titles in 2007 and 2013.

“As far back as 2004, the year of our first world championship, I started to plan for the day when I would want to cut back a little,” he said in the statement released by the team Sunday. “I even inserted a clause to that effect in my contract.”

Although it’s a sad day for many Red Sox fans, Thomas Burbank of West Springfield told 22News he’s embracing the change in leadership. “I think the way that the Red Sox are struggling this year, it’s probably a good thing that somebody leaves. Hopefully they’ll turn it around.”

Lucchino said that Sam Kennedy, who has worked with him for 20 years, was his choice as a replacement.

“I have now been President/CEO of the Red Sox for 14 years,” Lucchino said. “I love the Red Sox, I love Fenway Park, and I love Boston. It’s my home. It’s never easy to leave a job you love, but I look forward to the next chapters.”

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