The Boston Red Sox have made a huge change.
It was announced on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 that the MLB (Major League Baseball) team had fired manager John Farrell after the Houston Astros eliminated it from the playoffs in four games on Monday, October 11th. Keep in mind that he did lead the Boston Red Sox to the 2013 World Series title, but that didn't buy him enough job security to get to the 2018 season.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports suggested in May that Farrell was potentially on the hot seat and he was right. Rosenthal cited two incidents that "raised questions about Farrell's leadership."
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski gave Farrell a vote of confidence at the time, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. However, it didn't last into the offseason.
Boston hired him back in October 2012 after one disastrous season with Bobby Valentine as manager. The Red Sox went 69-93 with Valentine in 2012, but Farrell completed an incredible turnaround and led them to the 2013 World Series title in his first season, which is impressive. Fast forward, Boston suffered through losing campaigns in 2014 and 2015 but bounced back in 2016 with an American League East crown and 93-69 record. This year, they lost in the AL Division Series.
He was also the team's pitching coach from 2007 to 2010, a span that saw a World Series title and three playoff appearances.
Farrell thanked ownership, the front office, players and even his biggest critics -- the fans. The statement reads:
“Despite an end to this season that we all wanted to be different, I am proud of this ball club and the resiliency shown. I have enjoyed every moment of this job - its peaks and its valleys. There are few, if any, positions in life that create so much passion on a daily basis.
I am grateful to an ownership group that gave me such a unique opportunity, and one that shared my desire to bring World Series championships to this great city. They supported me through a challenging and scary period in my own life, and I remain forever indebted.
I am grateful to two front office groups that worked tirelessly to provide me with the players that could consistently match up with the very best in the game. Their time and resources made my job so much easier and fulfilling.
I am thankful for fellow coaches who are far more than that - they are close friends. They have provided the necessary direction, guidance, and humor that have made the daily activities of a long season all that much more enjoyable.
I am especially grateful for five years of great players - and people. This game has always been built around and for the players, and I have tried to respect that for five years in Boston. I have witnessed Hall of Famers, memorable Fenway wins, and countless private moments that will always be with me. Those relationships will remain cherished for years.
The legions of fans who support this franchise keep their manager on his toes day in and day out. There are no days off when managing this proud franchise. I would not have wanted it any other way.
Again, I thank John Henry, Tom Werner, Michael Gordon, and the ownership team for their faith in me and wish them nothing but the best moving forward.”
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