Manager John Farrell has been fired by the Boston Red Sox after five seasons with the team, per general manager Dave Dombrowski on Wednesday. Dombrowski stated that the Red Sox needed a “fresh face” in the locker room, likely because of the lack of control Farrell seemed to have with the team. The Dennis Eckersley incident and the brush-up with Manny Machado and the Baltimore Orioles likely had something to do with the firing.
Farrell has had an up-and-down tenure while in Boston, culminating with the second straight elimination of the team in the ALDS. When he took over the Red Sox after a last-place finish in the AL East in 2012, he guided Boston to a first-place finish in the AL East and a World Series title. He followed that up with two last-place finishes in the AL East before again winning the division in 2016 and 2017. However, the Sox were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round in both years, leading to his dismissal.
The fact that Farrell has had so much success in Boston and was still fired attests to the level of expectation that the organization expects. After signing a largely ineffective David Price and trading for Chris Sale while having such young talent on offense, getting past the first round of the playoffs was simply mandatory. Over 5 years, Farrell had a record 432-378 with the majority of those losses coming in 2014 and 2015.