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Dave Dombrowskis reasons for firing John Farrell are as clear as mud

Dave Dombrowskis reasons for firing John Farrell are as clear as mud
Published On: Wed, Oct 11
Dec 6, 2016; National Harbor, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell (L) speaks with the media as Red Sox president of baseball operation Dave Dombrowski (R) listens after the Red Sox made a trade for pitcher Chris Sale (not pictured) at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski met the press to explain the clubs firing of John Farrell this morning and basically refused to explain it.

Oh, he offered a lot of management speak about it being time for a change and the need for the team to get better but he did not give any specific reason for Farrells 2018 option not getting picked up. Indeed, he specifically said he was not going to provide any specific reason and that hed keep those to himself.

But he went even further, saying that there was no way Farrell was going to keep his job, even if the Red Sox had beaten the Astros in the ALDS, swept the ALCS and won the dang World Series.

NO level? Really? That seems odd. Then again, this is a team that fired its most successful manager in franchise history because a couple of pitchers decided to have some beer and fried chicken, so never underestimate the Red Sox front offices dedication to its own ends, however divorced from on-field baseball success it may appear to outside observers. Dombrowski is relatively new to Boston, but he answers to most of the same guys who thought Bobby Valentine was the right choice for this team in 2012.

To be sure, one could make a reasonable case for Farrell to be let go. The young bats the club counted on this season took a step back. Farrell may not have been able to do anything about that, but managers are often fired for that sort of regression of young talent. There was also some discord in the Sox clubhouse this year. Dustin Pedroia took another teams side in a beanball war with the Orioles early in the season, and thats not the sort of thing one tends to see. David Price mounted a personal vendetta against a broadcaster. There was that Apple Watch sign-stealing thing. Stuff happened. While Farrell has never been a bad manager, hes not some sort of singular talent either, so replacing him is not, ultimately, a huge deal.

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