There is an old saying in sports. You can’t lose your job because of injury. But I guess you can save it. Red Sox manager John Farrell’s injury came this season in a battle with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. That battle also came in the midst of another battle, to not finish in last place in the AL East. Thankfully he won the former. The later however is a battle that a team with a payroll north of 170 million dollars should never face but was one Farrell has waged and lost two seasons in a row. So why not bring him back for a shot at three? Ill tell you why. He Can’t Manage. It’s not a sin; it’s not a crime against humanity. It’s not kicking a man while he’s down, It’s just the truth. John Farrell is a Bad Manager.
In 2013 Farrell came into a Red Sox clubhouse as the familial force, the prodigal son returning to take over the family biz and right the ship that Crazy Uncle Larry had crashed on the rocks by hiring his buddy Bobby V. and it worked. The Sox rode the wave of Big John and the tragic #BostonStrong circumstances of the Marathon bombing to a 97-65 record, an AL East Div crown and just to end that year as storybook as can be, as World Series Champions.
Then the wheels came off. The Farrell led Sox started the 2014 season hung over, contract-embattled philosophically stunted and entitled, not a recipe for success and by Julys deadline looking to trade assets they had no intention of bringing back. The Sox went from worst to first to worst with a record of 71-91 just two games better than Crazy uncle Larry’s, Bobby V led 2012 team. 2015 had to be better right? We all know it wasn’t. Even with a huge influx in cash spent by the team well before the trade deadline we all knew Farrell was still the Manager of a last place team and that’s exactly where they finished. The seven games better in the standings don’t mean a thing when you’re still looking up at Tampa – Baltimore and New York. Teams that I don’t care how pessimistically you looked at this Red Sox roster on opening day you have to admit weren’t as good as Boston’s. And yet here we are again looking up at Tampa, Baltimore and New York for a second straight year.
What did make a difference was the job interim Manager Torey Lovullo did in his absence. Under Lovullo the Sox were eight games over .500 truthfully he had the advantage of zero pressure and not having to play Hanley Ramirez in left but there seemed to be something more to it. With Lovullo filling out the line-up card every day, starters did their jobs the bull pen settled down and did its and most importantly the kids hit and played D. Betts, Bradley and Castillo all finished the season on upswings both at the plate and in the field. Travis Shaw made his play for a starting Job at first next spring and Even Xander Bogaerts who had a fine season over all stats took an up tic under Lovullo. But hey that means nothing when you’re battling a public image problem as big as the Red Sox brass is right now.
So sure lets force this non-move on your new President/GM/Czar and bring back the man with a managerial record of 246-243, lets bring back the man who by all accounts from not only here but his stint at the helm in Toronto cant relate to young players coming up and sure lets bring back the man because you’re afraid to offer the job to his best friend. John Henry be dammed Dombrowski should have offered this job to Lovullo, if he didn’t accept it that would have been his poor decision. I can respect Lovullos’ respect for his friend Farrell, but it would be a mistake on his part. If he turned it down move on and offer it to someone else. Someone who fits the direction this team is going in. Because after three seasons its obvious to this writer John Farrell doesn’t fit. He wasn’t meant for this job. You know it, I know it and Dave Dombrowski knows it. 0-1 count Dave. No Balls One Strike
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