Eight years after helping to assemble what he terms the “magical collection of players and personalities’’ who became 2004 world champions, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said candidly he believes the front office in recent years strayed from its successful team-building model. Now it’s his charge to restore it, right the course of a franchise that just last week wrapped up its worst season (69-93) in a half-century.
“I hate to use this word, because it gets thrown around so cavalierly, but I don’t think we were disciplined enough,’’ said Cherington, zeroing in on what went wrong with the club after winning its most recent championship in 2007. “I don’t think we were disciplined enough getting past, or continuing what we had done to build those teams in 2007 and 2008. I think we got away from some of our core values — and there were reasons.’’