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Red Sox promote Raquel Ferreira to vice president of baseball administration

11.21.14 at 9:24 am ET
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Raquel Ferreira, described by Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett as “the glue that holds the Red Sox farm system together,” has been promoted by the Red Sox from senior director of minor league operations to vice president of baseball administration, according to multiple team sources. Ferreira becomes one of three women in Major League Baseball to reach the level of vice president, joining Kim Ng (senior vice president of baseball operations for MLB) and Yankees senior vice president and assistant GM Jean Afterman.

Ferreira is one of the longest tenured members of the Red Sox front office, having joined the organization in 1999. Since then, her responsibilities have grown steadily to include:

— Operations of the farm system, including individual affiliates, player contracts, transactions
— The major league budget (non-payroll)
— Immigration and work visas

“She makes an impact in that [operational/administrative] area because she is especially good at it. As you can imagine, it’s no easy task to organize that volume of responsibility that is required to get all those people in all those different areas to the right place at the right time in a way that’s sort of functional, within budget. It’s a Herculean task and she’s very good at it,” Cherington said in this Minor Details podcast. “The best thing I can say is in the 16 years now, I can’t remember her making a mistake. I can’t. And there’s been a lot of opportunities for mistakes.”

Beyond that formal role, Ferreira has played a central role in the creation of the culture of player development in the Red Sox organization. Invariably, Ferreira plays a prominent role when players discuss their experience coming through the minors for the team, given that she’s often among the first — and frequently the first — point of contact for players with the organization, and players and staff members rely upon her as a trusted voice for both on- and off-field concerns, to the point where minor leaguers will sometimes describe her as being akin to a second mother.

“First of all, I correct them when they say Mom. I prefer older sister or the cool aunt in your family,” Ferreira joked in the podcast. “Being a minor league player, it’s a very tough lifestyle. You’re on buses constantly for not a lot of pay. Very few of them make it to the big leagues. I’ve always looked at our players as, this is somebody’s son, somebody’s brother, somebody’s friend, somebody’s nephew. I treat them the way I’d want someone to treat my family member. It’s kind of morphed into that role.”

The overall scope of Ferreira’s impact resulted in numerous promotions in the Red Sox organization to her new position at the vice president level.

“There are people working in baseball operations, not just with the Red Sox but with other teams, who might not be in traditionally visible baseball-specific roles. They’re not scouts, they’re not coaches, they’re not managers. There are people that are truly making an impact on the baseball operation even though they’re not in one of those traditional baseball-specific jobs. That’s because, as we all know, the job of finding and developing and nurturing baseball players, which we’re all doing, has a lot to do with finding the right players,” Cherington said in the podcast. “[But] it also has a heck of a lot to do with a holistic approach to their development as players and as people. When you do the jobs that Raquel has done as well as she’s done them, then as an organization we’re better at that.”

Ferreira’s promotion is part of a host of recent changes in the Red Sox’ baseball operations department. For details of other changes, click here.

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