John Farrell was never a good in-game manager. It doesn't take a baseball genius to figure that out. His decision to let Brandon Workman bat in the 2013 World Series remains an all time blunder. There are countless occasions of him using wacky lineups and making questionable bullpen decisions. We don't need to go into them al here. To sum up Farrell's firing in one word, I think everyone involved (fans, media, etc) can agree on this: Finally.
Keeping Farrell past 2017 would've been a mistake. It was clear in the Astros series that changes need to be made around here, I just hope that canning the manager isn't the only major difference we see on Opening Day next April. A new voice is absolutely needed in this clubhouse, but let's not act as if he had a lot to work with the past two years in the playoffs.
Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, Chris Sale, Drew Pomeranz, Doug Fister, and Porcello again all bombed in their post-season starts. I'm not sure what kind of manager could've overcome the terribleness that has been our starting pitching the past two Octobers. Furthermore, it's fair to question the competitiveness of the core we've assembled.
There's going to be a lot of celebrating today in Boston. Farrell is finally gone. Everyone will cheer, but just remember that the problems with this Red Sox team have always run much deeper than the guy filling out the lineup card. Our offense is still pretty average and we have no power threat. We still have just two reliable starters, and one of those is Pomeranz. Our closer was fantastic in the regular season, but came up short in the game's biggest season and doesn't seem to be fazed by it. We haven't had an eighth inning guy since Hideki Okajima it feels like.
So yes, all you fans who have thought Farrell was the devil all these years: enjoy today. You've certainly earned it from dealing with his (often) ridiculous decisions for five years now. Just know that this isn't the only item that needed to be checked off on our off-season agenda. I don't know whether the answer is Giancarlo Stanton or J.D. Martinez or some trade so preposterous only Dave Dombrowski himself is even thinking of it right now. Firing the manager is a good first step to making the Red Sox great again. Let's hope it's not the only step made this winter.