In my opinion, the search for a new manager for the Boston Red Sox should have started months ago, but hopefully management has done their due diligence and are starting to look at new options.
Truthfully, this isn't entirely on John Farrell. Like his predecessor, Terry Francona, Farrell will always stick up for his players. He will never throw them under the bus, but rather take all the blame himself. While the media and fans alike understand this, Farrell's in-game decision making has been under scrutiny since he started working here. We know he is a good pitching coach, but is he a good manager? That is very much up for debate.
But with the Red Sox finishing in last place for 3 out of the last 4 seasons, his job should be in serious jeopardy. While he was just given a contract extension, after seeing Lucchino step down and realizing that he was more or less pushed out by Henry and Werner, there is reason to believe Farrell and Cherington should be looking over their shoulder for the rest of the season.
This team needs a complete overhaul, from top to bottom, and one of the first areas they should look at is the managerial position.
While you can talk until you are blue in the face about numerous guys that could easily slide right in, I am going to suggest a name that most Red Sox fans are familiar with but may not think about for the Sox Skipper position: Jason Varitek. Varitek spent his entire 15 year career with the Boston Red Sox and is now a "special assistant" (whatever the hell that means) with the team.
However, there has been recent rumblings that he could be the next manager of the San Diego Padres after they fired Bud Black in June. Moreover, Mike Dee, the former Red Sox COO, is now the President of the Padres and has always had a soft spot for Varitek.
But would Varitek take the manager position if it was offered to him in Boston? I think so.
I always thought that Varitek would make a great head coach because of his ability to call a game behind the plate. Baseball people often say that the best managers are always former catchers.
If the Red Sox are looking for a new manager, I would bring in Varitek and see if he would be interested in the position.
I will leave you with this because, well why the hell not.
Some would ask who wouldn't want this guy as your manager after that, but my question to you is this:
Who would win in a fight John "Gun Slinger" Farrell or Jason Varitek?
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS