I’m still baffled by some of the choices that John Farrell has made recently. In the first game of the series with Chicago last week, the Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs. Here was a chance to overcome a deficit and win the game. What did Farrell do? Instead of inserting an experienced hitter, he put Ryan LaMarre in to pinch hit. Many fans like me scratched our heads as we tried to recall who LaMarre is. It disappointed me to see that LaMarre hadn’t even had an at-bat all season. Of course, the Red Sox blew the game. As the White Sox took the game in ten innings, all I could think was that John Farrell needs to go.
John Farrell’s only real highlight in his career is the 2013 World Series victory. 2014 and 2015 saw the Red Sox finish dead last in the American League East. Half way before finishing in the cellar for the second year straight, it became clear that the Red Sox didn’t have a problem with its players. Their problem was with its manager.
Half way during the 2015 season in August, Farrell was diagnosed with stage 1 lymphoma. Farrell took a leave of absence and thankfully recovered. Bench coach Tory Lovullo took his place. Under Lovullo, the Red Sox scored 37 runs in their first two games and went on to record a .636 winning percentage through September. Farrell’s previous winning percentage of .439 paled in comparison. Owner John Henry should have known then that something was wrong. No one noticed that the bench coach increased the team’s victories by 20%? Also, Farrell continues to insert Clay Buchholz into the rotation. It’s clear that the right-hander is no longer an asset to the team (He’s 3-8 with a 5.90 ERA!). If this doesn’t signal that John Farrell needs to go I don’t know what does.
Right now, the Red Sox are like a bus with a few flat tires controlled by an oblivious driver who thinks that the tires will fix themselves. Not only is it time to change those tires (release Buchholz) but more importantly, it’s time to change drivers. With that said, John Farrell needs to go.