So as most Red Sox fans know there has been speculation that skipper, John Farrell may be let go at some point before the season ends or in the offseason. The teams poor performance the past two seasons certainly has not helped his case, although less than 24 months ago he did win a World Series.
I think the way the team has performed the past two seasons certainly keeps the option open of replacing Farrell, but I personally do not think he is responsible. I want the organization to be cautious about letting him go. First, I do not think Farrell is the guy to blame here. I think its Ben Cherington and the ownership. In the past two off-season’s, they failed to construct a balanced roster and, this season specifically, the roster was built very lopsided.
Cherington made strong additions to the offensive lineup, but a huge regression in the pitching staff. With this failed blueprint, no manager on the planet could make this roster a playoff team. I think Farrell, considering what he had to work with, has done a decent job. There have been some bright spots this year and a few winning streaks.
Second, I do not want to risk changing the coaching staff again. The first time after Terry Francona was replaced with Valentine it was a total disaster to say the least. The organization was trying to get a hardline guy in Valentine, who was willing to stand up to the players and it completely backfired.
The fact of the matter is that this team tends to do better with players' coaches like Francona and Farrell. I think some of that hardline mentality could be used in the front office (David Dombrowski), but not on the field. With the right roster I have full confidence that Farrell can lead us to the promise land once again.
By Spencer Roush @El_Spence_Man