Some of you are thinking, “woah, this guy is jumping ship way too fast. It’s still May. Oh, and we won a World Series just two years ago with this guy.” Others are thinking, “yes, it’s about time for him to get the hell out of Boston.” Count me in the second line of thinking. John Farrell’s time in Boston should be close to striking midnight.
Two years ago when he was hired, the Red Sox were a mess. However, EVERYTHING went right for the team that season. Few injuries + timely hitting + veterans playing above and beyond what was expected of them led to the Red Sox winning their 8th title. Hell of a manager we must have hired, right? No.
As manager of the Blue Jays, Farrell was a mediocre 154-170 in 2 seasons. With the Red Sox, through over two years, he’s 187-179. A winning record, but not by much. With the slide taking place this year, it’s bound to reach a losing percentage again.
It’s not solely about the less-than-spectacular record he’s accumulated. It’s about the questionable managerial decisions he makes almost on a gamely basis. How about pitching to perhaps the hottest hitter in the game, Nelson Cruz, with first base open in a dire situation with the game on the line. And how many times has Farrell left a pitcher in WAY too long when it was obvious they didn’t have their best stuff that day. Just this season alone, Farrell has cost the Red Sox a handful of games because of his moronic decisions. Lastly, it’s justifiable to question his leadership ability and stubbornness. When a current lineup doesn’t work, he keeps it. He refuses to make a change and it can be said he plays favorites (Victorino) even when they’re as horrible as stepping in a pile of fresh horse shit. How do you have a lineup with Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia and have a negative run differential? Is it ALL Farrell’s fault those guys have been forgettable? Not entirely. But some of the blame has to be placed on the leader of the team – I.e. Farrell.
The Red Sox rushed to give him an extension before the season, even on the heels of a last place finish. Idiotic is too nice a word. Point is, John Farrell isn’t getting it done. I’m done having patience with him. As for Ben Cherington? I’ll save my rant for him for another time but let’s just say I don’t think his job should be safe, either. Thanks for reading!