For whatever reason, whenever the front office in Boston feels their team under performs, heads have to roll. It happened back in 2012, when they fired Bobby Valentine (that move was understood). It happened in 2011, when arguably the best manager in baseball, Terry Francona was let go after a 90-72 season. And most recently it happened again yesterday with the firing of John Farrell.
Managing for the Red Sox is becoming a lot like dealing with that person who no matter what you do, nothing is ever good enough for them. The damned if you do, damned if you don’t sort. So after winning the division for a second consecutive year, and posting back-to-back 93 win seasons, Farrell is out, and the Red Sox are searching for someone new to take on what’s becoming the most thankless job in all of baseball.
Boston has a great team, but if Farrell’s superiors believe they should have beaten Houston or at least put-up more of a fight in the ALDS, think again. The Astros are an offensive juggernaut, and even with the likes of Chris Sale, Drew Pomeranz, and Rick Porcello, there was little they could do to keep Houston off the scoreboard. If Boston thinks a new manager will get them over the hump when it comes to beating Cleveland or Houston over the next few years, it probably won’t. It might help, but the Astros and Cleveland are so deep that Boston’s main focus needs to be directed towards developing a more balanced offense instead of finding someone to blame for them not getting any further than the division series.
Farrell went to Boston, because as he put it back in 2013 when he was hired there, it was his dream job. The only problem with how Farrell went about becoming manager of the Red Sox was that at the time, he was managing their division rival Blue Jays and was still under contract with Toronto for another year.
Upon becoming manager of the Red Sox, Farrell couldn’t have asked for a job he coveted more. It would be interesting to hear how he really feels about that position now, and how much he’ll even miss it.