Dom­browski will put his mark on team

A lit­tle of this, a lit­tle of that …

Woonsocket Call - - Sports - BREN­DAN McGAIR Sports Writer

• Back-to-back Amer­i­can League East Di­vi­sion ti­tles sure didn’t buy the man­ager much in the way of job se­cu­rity.

Then again, what is the ex­pected shelf life of a man­ager/head coach of a pro­fes­sional sports team? With the Red Sox and John Far­rell, five sea­sons seems the tip­ping point.

Be­lieve it or not, as far-flung as this may sound, there was a time when this cor­ner be­lieved Far­rell would some­how be granted a stay of ex­e­cu­tion and re­turn for his sixth sea­son in the Red Sox dugout.

Far­rell won, at least as far as the reg­u­lar sea­son counts. Granted, los­ing six of seven play­off games over the past two Oc­to­bers is never go­ing to sit well in a mar­ket that con­tin­ues to ask fans to pay the game’s high­est ticket prices. You must get there first, how­ever, and Far­rell’s Red Sox man­aged to check that off the an­nual to-do list.

Far­rell didn’t get dis­missed on Wed­nes­day morn­ing be­cause he couldn’t crack the post­sea­son code. The man­ager who has one World Se­ries to his credit was let go be­cause his ten­ure had sim­ply run its course. In th­ese mod­ern times, five straight years man­ning the same man­age­rial post should be viewed as an eter­nity.

It was time for Far­rell’s run to come to an end and time for the Red Sox to start fresh and head in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. Change isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing and some Bos­ton fans prob­a­bly felt that Wed­nes­day’s de­ci­sion was long over­due.

Save for Bill Belichick, ev­ery pro coach has an ex­pi­ra­tion date that set the mo­ment their in­tro­duc­tory press con­fer­ence is done. For some, the odor that tells you the food has spoiled and that change is nec­es­sary can come sooner than an­tic­i­pated. If Far­rell takes a deep breath, then a big-pic­ture look, he’ll prob­a­bly ar­rive at the un­der­stand­ing that he was for­tu­nate to sur­vive for as long as he did.

They don’t give out door prizes for longevity – a half-decade in Far­rell’s case – but maybe they should. Or per­haps we should play a dif­fer­ent kind of par­lor game – won­der­ing how many sea­sons that Far­rell’s re­place­ment lasts.

• An­other the­ory why Far­rell was given his walk­ing pa­pers is that he wasn’t Dave Dom­browski’s guy. Dom­browski in­her­ited Far­rell when he be­came Bos­ton’s pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions in 2015. They co-ex­isted long enough to fin­ish first in back-to-back sea­sons, yet you had to know the in­evitable was bound to hap­pen with Dom­browski part­ing com­pany with a man­ager who was hired by the pre­vi­ous Red Sox gen­eral man­ager (Ben Cher­ing­ton).

Now Dom­browski has the chance to hire “his” guy and com­pletely place “his” stamp on one of the most cov­eted man­age­rial jobs in Ma­jor League Base­ball.

The gen­eral man­ager-man­ager part­ner­ship is not all that dif­fer­ent from what hap­pens in the po­lit­i­cal scene. There’s bound to be turnover in per­son­nel when­ever a new politi­cian takes of­fice. Peo­ple with def­i­nite ties to the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion see the hand­writ­ing on the wall, know­ing their days are num­bered due to the out­go­ing politi­cian they’re af­fil­i­ated with.

Dom­browski and Far­rell worked to­gether for 2.5 sea­sons. With Far­rell now gone, Dom­browski is of­fi­cially on the clock with the search to find the next Red Sox skip­per – his guy – now in front of him.

• Stay­ing with Dom­browski, the press con­fer­ence he held at Fen­way Park shortly af­ter Far­rell was shown the door of­fered lit­tle in­sight and in­for­ma­tion. Very lit­tle was re­vealed as to why the con­clu­sion was drawn that Far­rell did not rep- re­sent the best fit mov­ing for­ward.

In­stead of tak­ing a page from “Se­in­feld” and say­ing “yada-yada” at ev­ery turn, Dom­browski and the Red Sox maybe should have waited a few days be­fore bring­ing reporters to Fen­way Park to an­swer ques­tions. Per­haps by then, Dom­browski’s jaw wouldn’t have been wired so tight.

• It’s a fore­gone con­clu­sion that changes will be com­ing to Red Sox coach­ing staff. Here’s a vote for PawSox man­ager Kevin Boles to re­ceive con­sid­er­a­tion for a post. Loy­alty should count for some­thing, as “Bolesy” has been a mi­nor-league man­ager in the Red Sox or­ga­ni­za­tion since 2008.

When Far­rell was hired, Arnie Beyeler was pro­moted from PawSox man­ager to Red Sox first­base coach. With Bos­ton, once again, in the mar­ket for a new skip­per, let’s see if his­tory can re­peat it­self with Boles this time be­ing the ben­e­fi­ciary of a lon­gover­due bump.

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