Larry Lucchino to become president and CEO emeritus of Boston Red Sox

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BOSTON — Larry Lucchino will become president and chief executive officer emeritus of the Boston Red Sox when he steps down next month.

The 70-year-old Lucchino announced in August he was giving up his jobs after the season, and Boston said chief operating officer Sam Kennedy will take over as president Oct. 16. Lucchino's new titles were announced Sunday before Boston's final home game this season.

The team honored him with a video tribute of highlights from his tenure that included World Series victories, Jimmy Fund telethons and concerts in Fenway Park. It was played to Eminem's "Lose Yourself."

He joined owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner on the mound, where he was presented a Red Sox jersey with the No. 16 and Lucchino on the back. He will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame next year.

He threw out the ceremonial first pitch to David Ortiz, who walked out and lifted him over shoulder.

Lucchino became team president in February 2002 when John Henry's ownership group bought the team. Under his term as team president, the Red Sox won World Series titles in 2004, '07 and '13.

Boston said Lucchino will continue to participate in the team's strategic direction and Major League Baseball issues.

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