BOSTON, MA – MAY 1: Ben Cherington, general manager of the Boston Red Sox, watches the pregame action before a game with New York Yankees at Fenway Park May 1, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Ben Cherington is joining Columbia’s faculty

What’s the next stop for former Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington? Well, despite Cherington being a popular name in front office circles for a GM position this winter, his next job will be about as far away from the front office as former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro’s new job as Red Sox first base coach – Cherington will be joining the faculty of Columbia University as an “executive in residence”.

The Columbia University Sports Management Program today announced that Ben Cherington, one of the most respected executives in professional baseball and until this past August the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, is joining its world class faculty in the position of Executive-in-Residence. Cherington will be instructing a class on the topic of leadership in sports this spring, in the Master of Science in Sports Management degree program.

This is something that interests me. Cherington wanted to take the year off from baseball, and the education world is a complete 180 from the baseball world.

I really don’t think this will be a long-term thing for Cherington, but it’ll at least give him a charge to refresh his batteries after some trying times in Boston.