Red Sox fire Far­rell de­spite con­sec­u­tive AL East cham­pi­onships

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John Far­rell racked up a lot of wins and a World Se­ries ti­tle with the Bos­ton Red Sox. But past suc­cess wasn’t enough to save his job as man­ager after con­sec­u­tive early play­off ex­its.

Bos­ton fired Far­rell on Wednesday after the team’s sec­ond straight loss in the Amer­i­can League Di­vi­sion Se­ries.

The Red Sox an­nounced the move less than 48 hours after they were elim­i­nated from the World Se­ries hunt with a 5-4 loss to the Hous­ton Astros in Game 4 on Mon­day. Far­rell’s con­tract had been sched­uled to run through the 2018 sea­son.

Bos­ton won back-to-back AL East ti­tles for the first time in fran­chise his­tory this sea­son de­spite los­ing the bat of re­tired slug­ger David Or­tiz. It also did it de­spite start­ing the year with $217 mil­lion pitcher David Price on the dis­abled list and with 2016 Cy Young win­ner Rick Por­cello stum­bling to an 11-17 record.

“I thought it was the ap­pro­pri­ate time to make a change for the bet­ter­ment of the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Pres­i­dent of Base­ball Op­er­a­tions Dave Dom­browski said.

Far­rell man­aged the team to the World Se­ries ti­tle in 2013, his first sea­son in charge of the club.

Far­rell went 432-378 over five sea­sons with Bos­ton. He be­gan his coach­ing ca­reer with the Red Sox as a pitch­ing coach from 2007 to 2010. Far­rell also was part of the team’s 2007 World Se­ries ti­tle. He be­gan his ma­jor league man­age­rial ca­reer with Toronto and went 154-170 over two sea­sons.

“De­spite an end to this sea­son that we all wanted to be dif­fer­ent, I am proud of this ball­club and the re­siliency shown,” Far­rell said in a state­ment re­leased by the Red Sox. “I have en­joyed ev­ery mo­ment of this job — its peaks and its val­leys. There are few, if any, po­si­tions in life that cre­ate so much pas­sion on a daily ba­sis.”

He also thanked the or­ga­ni­za­tion for its sup­port “through a chal­leng­ing and scary pe­riod in my own life,” re­fer­ring to when he was di­ag­nosed with lym­phoma in 2015.

Dom­browski wouldn’t go into specifics on his thought process but said “a lot of dif­fer­ent fac­tors” went into the de­ci­sion to make the move. He said the team plans to move swiftly on its next hire and that the next man­ager would “most likely not” be a mem­ber of Far­rell’s cur­rent coach­ing staff.

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