The Boston Red Sox and John Farrell will be parting ways just a day after the Red Sox got so thoroughly bounced from the playoffs by a far superior team.
Farrell, 55, completed his fifth season as Red Sox manager in 2017, leading the team to a 93-69 (.574) record and the club’s ninth American League East division title. Boston finished the season with the third-best record in the American League, tied for fifth best in the majors.
During his Red Sox tenure (2013-17), Farrell’s clubs went 432-378 (.533) and earned three division titles (2013, 2016, 2017). His 432 managerial wins and 810 games managed both rank sixth in club history, and he is the only manager ever to lead the Red Sox to consecutive division titles. His first season was highlighted by Boston’s eighth World Series championship, as he was named American League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News.
This is just wild speculation on my part, but I have to wonder if the reason Farrell was given the old boot was because the locker room wasn’t big enough for all the egos it was trying to contain. Farrell and his team completely mishandled the Manny Machado situation and came across looking like petty children, and Farrell reportedly clashed with suprise suprise Chris Sale, as well as David Price. There was also a noted headed exchange with Drew Pomeranz. Additionally, ratings have dropped and Farrell has become a common punching bag on Boston talk radio. All of this despite actually tactically making mostly sound decisions as a manager. Farrell handled his bullpen very well including making some very ballsy decisions in the playoffs, favoring to work his key starters out of the pen in high leverage situations.
Another factor that worked against Farrell was that he was already in place when Dave Dombrowski was given the reigns, so maybe Farrell was never his first choice, and now he can go out and get one of his guys to work for him. I also suspect the termination shifts blame to Farrell for not managing the massive egos, rather than on Dombrowski for putting all those egos into one room in the first place.
Over 5 season with the Sox, Farrell posted a 432-378 record, including a World Series championship in 2013 and two consecutive AL East titles.