Early play­off ex­its cost Far­rell

If Red Sox are seek­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Gar­den­hire might be their top choice

USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS - Bob Night­en­gale @bnight­en­gale USA TO­DAY Sports

It’s a tough busi­ness, life as a base­ball man­ager.

One year you’re man­ag­ing your team to the World Se­ries cham­pi­onship, and lead­ing your team to back-to-back Amer­i­can League East ti­tles.

The next, you’re on the un­em­ploy­ment line, un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously fired.

Welcome to the world of John Far­rell, who was in­formed late Tues­day that he had been fired.

Far­rell was of­ten crit­i­cized in Bos­ton for in-game strat­egy, but then again, what man­ager isn’t lam­basted by the lo­cal pop­u­lace in the world of 140 char­ac­ters.

“I thought it was an ap­pro­pri­ate time to make a change for the bet­ter­ment of the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” gen­eral man­ager David Dom­browski said. “For me, some­times change can be bet­ter. That’s why we de­cided to move for­ward with the change.”

The real rea­son he was fired is the per­cep­tion that he lost con­trol of his club­house, and when you have a pow­er­ful team that is bounced in the first round in back-to-back post­sea­sons, you have to pay the price.

In the words of Red Sox chair­man Tom Werner: “John didn’t do any­thing wrong … but change is part of base­ball.”

“John did a great job for the Bos­ton Red Sox,” Werner told The Bos­ton Globe. “We have noth­ing but grat­i­tude. Change is part of life. This is ob­vi­ously some­thing (Dom­browski) thought would ben­e­fit the or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

And when you’re the pow­er­ful Bos­ton Red Sox and have the per­son­nel to win the World Se­ries, you bet­ter at least get there.

So now the Red Sox em­bark on a man­age­rial search for one of the most cov­eted jobs in base­ball. They will in­ter­view the likes of Alex Cora, bench coach of the Hous­ton Astros, but most likely will turn to an ex­pe­ri­enced man.

That could lead them to Ron Gar­den­hire, bench coach of the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs who was the right-hand man of man­ager Torey Lovullo, who’s ex­pected to win the National League man­ager of the year award.

Dom­browski saw Gar­den­hire’s ex­per­tise first­hand while GM of the Detroit Tigers when Gar­den­hire led the Min­nesota Twins to six di­vi­sion ti­tles, win­ning at least 90 games in five sea­sons. The play­ers loved him. His peers re­spected him. And he’s been itch­ing to get back in the man­ager’s chair.

The Red Sox will be­gin their search im­me­di­ately, but Gar­den­hire cer­tainly should be one of the front-run­ners for the job as the man­age­rial carousel con­tin­ues in Ma­jor League Base­ball.

SHANNA LOCK­WOOD, USA TO­DAY SPORTS

For­mer Red Sox man­ager John Far­rell led Bos­ton to a World Se­ries ti­tle in 2013.

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