The Red Sox just took two out of
three games from Kansas City Royals and their eleventy billion All-Star votes,
so this might not be the best time to reiterate this stance.
Still, it is time to fire John
It certainly is not fair to blame
the entire mess of the 2015 Red Sox on the manager. His intentionally walking
the winning run in Texas (even if it was Prince Fielder and his 13.5 40 time)
was inexcusable, as was pitching to Nelson Cruz with first base open in Seattle. Those are just two games.
The fault of the poorly-constructed
Red Sox falls on the laps of general manager Ben Cherington and a cast of
severely underperforming veteran players, but the team clearly isn’t responding
to Farrell. That is obvious to anybody paying attention.
The Globe’s Nick Cafardo offered 10 steps to fix the broken Red Sox, and No. 10 was to make a change at manager. Cafardo wasn’t talking about making
a change right now. Instead, he recommends making the change “if things
continue to go badly and the team is lethargic and not responding” to the
manager. That point was reached by mid-May.
How many times can we ask ourselves if we have finally reached rock bottom?
Every loss seems like “rock bottom” for these Red Sox. Even the one loss in Kansas City was an embarrassment. Potential replacements for Farrell
suggested by Cafardo include Bud Black, Eric Wedge, Gabe Kapler and Alex Cora. Black would be a great choice after
he was fired this month in San Diego. Wedge is a former AL Manager of the Year,
and Kapler is certainly intriguing. Cora, though, would be the perfect
selection to take over the underachieving Red Sox. Cora, who always seemed to make
something happen every time Terry Francona put his name on the Red Sox lineup
card from 2005-2008, manages the Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican League. Last winter his center fielder was
one Rusney Castillo, and Cora seemed to love the overpriced Cuban. The Red Sox
are heavily invested in Castillo, whom Farrell clearly can’t stand. Cora might
be able to show why the team invested so heavily in the outfielder last year. You’d also have to expect the Cora
would connect with the rest of the Red Sox players. He is 39 and fresh off a
14-year career in the big leagues. Since we’re apparently stuck with the
contracts of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, the Red Sox need a manager who
can reach them. Cora just might that guy. Cora, who is currently working as an
analyst for ESPN, would probably jump at the opportunity to manage in the big
leagues, something that is probably inevitable. That can’t also be said for
Jason Varitek, who is the consensus pick of Red Sox fans tired of seeing the their
dwell in the cellar of the American League East. Varitek is not taking that job,
folks, and we shouldn’t want a manager who has to be talked into to taking the
helm. Why wait until the end of the year
when their will be competition to hire the best managers? Do it now. For those who don’t think it is fair
to fire a manager less than two years after delivering a World Series title,
just take a look at Farrell. This job is aging him fast than a Cold War
president. Farrell, who might be better suited in
the front office, seems like a good guy. He’s too nice to go Earl Weaver with
the umpires, even though he really looks like he wants to these days. His face usually
says “please throw me out of this game” by the second inning. Relieving Farrell of duties as
manager of the Sons of Ben Cherington might be the nicest thing anybody ever
did for him.