JOHN FARRELL IS GONE! I REPEAT JOHN FARRELL IS GONE! In shocking but not shocking news, John Farrell has been relieved of his duties as the manager of the Boston Red Sox. This is coming after the second straight year of losing in the ALDS.
Farrell had become the first manager in franchise history to win back to back AL East championships however; this was not enough to keep his job. John will be sent packing after 5 seasons with the team. A 432 and 378 record was not enough to sustain the job.
His resume in 5 seasons would actually help is case in some eyes. In the past years, he led the team to 3 division titles and 1 World Series title. However, his in game decisions were most likely what led to this. Many fans, including myself, were not happy with many of his decisions in his time here. For example, the time he came out of the dugout after not knowing the rule that a pitcher must face at least one hitter after bring brought in. I believe too many blunders definitely played a part in this decision.
Farrell had completely lost the team this year. The way he handled the Machado incident and Price vs Eck incident are just two more examples of how he didn’t have control of the locker room.
One question that now arises who takes the job?
- Former Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus. I am a hard no on this guy. He just plain out stinks.
- Alex Cora. Cora is intriguing because he knows the organization. A few years back he even played for the team. He is said to be loved in Houston so look for him to be interviewed.
- Jason Varitek. The captain who already works with the team could rise as another candidate. He is loved by the fans and the organization so he definitely has that plus on his side. His downside is he has never been a manger.
- David Ortiz Why not give Ortiz a shot? EVERYBODY and I mean everybody seems to love him. I don’t know if he would even want the job but him being around more may spark something. Hey, just say he’s in shape he could be a player manager.
Anyhow, at least Jonny Steelcock is gone and I couldn’t be happier.