Red Sox fire Farrell despite consecutive AL East championships
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.