The Red Sox have fired manager John Farrell, just two days after the team was eliminated from the American League Division Series.
Farrell saw some significant ups and downs in his five-year tenure with the Sox. In his first season with the team, the Sox won the 2013 World Series. But they didn’t win another postseason game under Farrell’s leadership until last Sunday, before being eliminated the following day.
Farrell was asked after Monday’s loss if he felt he was the right manager to lead the team.
“Personally, yes, I feel confident in that," he said. "I know that we’ve got an opportunity to assess where we are as a team.”
But he declined to speak about what decisions the team was likely to make. He said he spoke to the team after the loss.
“It’s always tough when you end the season so abruptly,” Farrell said. “But [I’m] extremely proud for the way they compete, the work they put in for seven full months, the way they care for one another, and just wanted to thank them for that.”
Farrell said they were a competitive team throughout the season.
“We won a lot of games,” he said. “You win the division, that’s, I think, a major accomplishment. We didn’t meet all of our goals. I think that’s obvious by it ending here today.”
During Farrell's tenure with the Sox, the team won 432 games and lost 378. He's the only manager ever to lead the Red Sox to consecutive division titles. His professional baseball career began in Boston with a four-season stint as a pitching coach, beginning in 2007.
A search for the Red Sox' new manager will begin immediately.