Boston Red Sox: Media Losing Patience With John Farrell

Apr 11, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell (53) takes the field before the Red Sox home opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell (53) takes the field before the Red Sox home opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports /

Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell is beginning to receive some long overdue criticism from the Boston media and it’s beginning to feel like the Manager could be gone any day now.

I wrote an article only a few days ago discussing Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell’s job security, and apparently many members of the Boston media are also feeling skeptical that Farrell will be in Boston much longer.

The Sox are sitting at 7-8. 1 game below .500. And though a 15 game sample size may be too small for some other organizations, this has been an ongoing dilemma for the Sox for a few seasons now. I said it in my last piece and I’ll say it again – Farrell needs to go, and he needs to go soon.

There’s too much talent and too much money on this roster for the Red Sox to finish in last place for a third consecutive season. In my opinion, even a third place finish this season is unacceptable. This team isn’t built for mediocrity, this is a city that competes for championships and spends big money to do so.

It’s reassuring to know that I’m not alone in this. In the days since I posted my last article, other members of the Boston media also called out the Sox Skipper, basically telling Farrell that the city and the fans have lost faith in his ability to manage the team.

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The following is an excerpt from Eric Wilbur, a sports columnist at

"If Dave Dombrowski didn’t want to seem heartless by firing his manager while undergoing cancer treatment last fall, that veil of guilt is lifting ever so rapidly with every game that Farrell manages. If you had an early landmark of Memorial Day in the pool as to when Farrell might be relieved of his duties, you may be out of luck.Mother’s Day might be more appropriate.That would seemingly give Farrell 19 games over the next 20 days to convince the Red Sox front office that he’s capable of making more palatable in-game decisions. Good luck.It’s been more than three years now, and the reasons why you were afraid to have Farrell managing then are even more pronounced. He’s walking the plank, just hasn’t been shoved off quite yet.But the last week should have convinced everyone with a vote that John Farrell is inevitably a goner."

You can read the entire piece here.

Peter Abraham, arguably the most prominent Red Sox beat writer in the city also took a shot at John Farrell’s job this morning when he released his piece in the Boston Globe titled “How long should Red Sox give John Farrell.”

Abraham did not come right out and say that he thinks Farrell should be fired, but he did say that “at some point, Farrell will be held accountable for all these problems because somebody has to be.” Peter also gave May 19th as a date he believes you will see the move made, if the Sox do intend on firing Farrell. Abraham explains that by May 19th the Red Sox will have played 41 games, which he believes is a bit more reasonable number. He also states that, at that point Red Sox ace David Price will have made 5 more starts, and Carson Smith and Eduardo Rodriguez will have most likely returned, giving the Red Sox Manager far less excuses for mediocre play.

Other members of the Boston media also chimed in on twitter to share their feelings on Farrell.

Jared Carrabis, a writer for Barstool Sports as well as a contributor on both the Baseball Show on CSNNE, and Zolak and Bertrand on 98.5 The SportsHub has been extremely critical of Farrell.

Not only has Carrabis expressed his frustration with Farrell on Twitter, but he also wrote a feature piece on Barstool highlighting all of the terrible managerial moves Farrell has made recently.

It might be wise of Dombrowski to listen to Jared. I mean, he is the reason the Sox were able to land David Price in the offseason. Just Saying.

Look, big money markets like Boston get a bad wrap for these kind of things. People say “the media is too harsh” or “the media ran him out of town.” Well, that’s what happens when you coach in a city like Boston. There’s a reason the city has seen 9 championships since the turn of the decade. You think people are all of a sudden just going to be comfortable with losing? No way. Not in this city. Not in this decade.

Half of Boston is calling for Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien to be fired, and he’s the most successful coach in team history. If Brad Stevens had 100 million dollar players on his roster and couldn’t get out of the first round the city would be calling for his job too. Bill Belichick isn’t going anywhere so that doesn’t apply here, but you get the gist. It’s how things go here in Boston, its a part of the culture. If you can’t get the job done we can find someone else who can. And right now Farrell isn’t getting the job done.

The bright side for this Boston Red Sox team is that, despite the terrible job done by the Manager, despite the quite often ugly starting pitching, and despite the injuries the team has had to deal with thus far, they are still hovering around .500 ball and haven’t totally collapsed yet.

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If Peter Abraham’s prediction is on point and the Red Sox fire Farrell after 41 games, at their current pace they’ll be at about 20-21. Not ideal by any means, but certainly not at the point of no recovery. The Red Sox will have plenty of time to right the ship and become the contenders that we all believe they are.