It’s Time To Fire John Farrell

The Red Sox need do to something. Unfortunately, all they know how to do is lose right now. At this juncture, the Red Sox are a complete embarrassment. They have put a surprising boycott on winning games and have showed the attitude of a small child off the field. The move they need to make is not this Eduardo Nunez trade, it’s to fire John Farrell.

Being totally honest, I think Farrell was a much worse game manager last year than this Fire John Farrellyear. This year, I think Dave Dombrowski has put his manager in tough situations at points. With management forcing him to have Pablo Sandoval, that limited Farrell’s options. Sandoval, however, is gone. Gone forever.

The problem really hasn’t even been his on-field decision making. He’s had a excruciatingly hard time managing his bullpen, which has been fledgeling lately. The real problem is he has lost control of his team. Whining from their veteran second baseman, throwing teammates under the bus, and your $217 million pitcher calling out a Hall of Fame broadcaster are just the highlights of a season full of BS. All this could be glossed over if they would win, but they aren’t capable of that right now.

Let it not be lost that the players have been underwhelming. It’s not just one or two players, every non-pitcher has been underwhelming. I wish that was hyperbole, but it’s not. So yeah, the players are certainly at fault. To some extent, though, a good manager should have these guys turning things around before August. Now, it might be too late.

Luckily for him, the starting pitching has been excellent. Through no support, they’ve kept their team in games. The Red Sox are the luckiest first place team I’ve ever seen. They haven’t won a series since the Fourth of July and yet everyone else in the division continues to lose. Their standing in the division is a complete mirage. For a team that keeps saying they have yet to “hit their stride”, they are running out of time.

Fire John Farrell and Others

Obviously, the problem has been the offense. If nothing else, Chili Davis should definitely be fired. In fact, he shouldn’t even be on this upcoming home stand. If they aren’t the worst offense in the league, they’re certainly the most predictable. They refuse to swing at the first two strikes and never make any adjustments. How many times do we see Jackie Bradley strike out swinging on a low change-up? How many times do we see Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts whiff on a pitch way off outside part of the plate? What coach doesn’t correct that. This offense has been nothing short of a joke, and why Davis is still here is just silly.

This team has no idea what it’s doing right now. After seemingly abandoning the third base trade, they called up their top prospect Rafael Devers. Before he could even finish his first game, they traded for a third baseman. Tuesday, the organization said they are interested in acquiring a first baseman. A first baseman? They have two of those in the majors and Sam Travis in AAA. If Travis is going to be their first baseman next year, it’s time for him to play. Moreland sucks and Hanley Ramirez refuses to play the field (and God forbid his manager make him do that). So if that’s the case, bring up Travis and play him five days a week. Is that so much to ask for?

Currently, the Boston Red Sox are in complete disarray. So yeah, it’s not exactly ideal, but you should fire Farrell. Fire Chili Davis while you’re at it. Gary DiSarcina would obviously step in to manage. Hire anyone you want for the hitting coach, just show you give a damn.  Right now, it’s hard to believe they care. No apologies for Dennis Eckersley, no repercussions for the crying infant David Price, no feel for what direction they’re going in. It’s time to light a fire under these guys and at this point, this might be the only way to do that.

Red Sox Need Major Shakeups to Reclaim Lead

The Boston Red Sox are stuck in a rut. The pitching is way below average. The hitting is strong but too many runners are left on base. The team’s leadership is lacking. John Farrell seems to be on auto pilot, but doesn’t see that the plane is rapidly descending. When I watch the Red Sox play, I see the inside of a grandfather clock. A clock that has a few busted gears. I honestly believe that with a little tweaking, the team could start running like clockwork again and knock the Orioles out of first place. But if that’s going to happen, the Red Sox need major shakeups in their leadership.

Let’s start with the obvious. John Farrell needs to go. Yes, some say it’s not entirely hisRed Sox Need Major Shakeups fault that the team is struggling. He’s the manager though, and has to take responsibility for what’s happening. After 2013, the team has finished dead last twice. The Red Sox will be lucky if they grab a Wild Card spot this season. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. Tory Lovullo needs to take over the team. The Red Sox become much stronger when he took over as acting manager last year. If he did so well, and the Red Sox are slipping back into their annual slump, then what is Dombrowski waiting for? You don’t wait for a ship to slip half way under the water before dropping the lifeboats. The Red Sox are starting to slip under the water, so what’s taking so long to relinquish control to Lovullo?

If you’re going to ditch Farrell then pitching coach Carl Willis also has to go. I’m not sure what he’s telling pitchers on the mound when the Red Sox are down a few runs but it’s obviously not working at all.

Perhaps the biggest thing that frustrates me is the amount of runners the Red Sox leave on base. I’ve lost count of the amount of times the Red Sox had a chance to take the lead and completely blew it. I’m not talking about missing out on a grand slam. Those are hard as hell to hit. I’m talking about leaving runners on base with no outs and the bases loaded, or runners in scoring position. Earlier in the season other fans and I would get excited when this scenario presented itself because scoring at least one run seemed like a sure thing. But opposing pitchers under intense pressure have figured out how to keep the Red Sox from scoring. Is the team looking at the pitchers the opposing teams call in relief? Maybe the team should focus on the opposing relievers, if they’re not doing so already.

Red Sox Need Major Shakeups To Turn Pitching Around

Our offense in general is spectacular. Our outfield defense is also strong. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that our pitching needs help, and that the hitters don’t do well under pressure. I think a lot of it has to do with confidence. I don’t see Farrell inspiring a lot of confidence, and neither does the rest of the coaching staff (minus Lovullo). Like I said in a previous article, maybe Dustin Pedrioa should become the player manager. He certainly has what it takes to light a fire under the team. The Red Sox need major shakeups, and ditching Farrell and Willis would be a great start.

Firing John Farrell Not the Answer

In light of Boston’s recent struggles, many have suggested that it’s time for John Farrell to go. He’s the first manager in more than 20 years to guide the Sox to back-to-back losing seasons, and they’ve faded after a fast start this year. Fans and media are understandably frustrated with the team’s recent performance, but firing John Farrell is not the answer.

Dismissing Farrell would be an overreaction to one bad month; the Red Sox were great under him in April and MayFiring John Farrell. They stunk in June, but that was because their lineup cooled off and their pitching staff was exposed. Farrell doesn’t have a dependable fourth or fifth starter right now; his bullpen options are limited. Dave Dombrowski needs to get him some help, not kick him to the curb.

Making Farrell the scapegoat for one bad month of baseball isn’t just unfair—it’s wrong. It’s not his fault that the rotation is in shambles, or that a bunch of key players got hurt around the same time. Boston’s crazy offense was bound to cool off sooner or later.

The Red Sox have a lot of problems, but Farrell is the least of them. He’s not a great manager, but he’s not terrible, either. He has the respect of his players and handles the media well. Often times managers are fired to send a message, but what kind of a message would that send to Boston? They’re only a few games out of first and could easily regain control of the AL East if their hitters get hot again.

Firing Farrell isn’t going to magically fix the rotation or bolster the bullpen. It won’t make Pablo Sandoval any skinnier or Koji Uehara any younger. It’s not Farrell’s fault that David Price is struggling or that Clay Buchholz has turned into a pumpkin. The best manager in the world couldn’t help Joe Kelly find the plate or Christian Vazquez hit major league pitching.

The Red Sox are flawed, and firing John Farrell isn’t going to change that. At least give him until the end of the season. If the Sox go nowhere, then fine, fire him. But right now, there’s no need.