The Boston Red Sox announced on Wednesday that John Farrell will not return as manager of the team in 2018.
In a statement post on Twitter, the Red Sox said, “A search for a new manager will begin immediately.
Farrell has managed the Red Sox since 2013, and Boston won the World Series in his first season at the helm. He also led the team to its first back-to-back American League East titles in franchise history the past two years. However, ESPN reported that general manager Dave Dombrowski had determined that the Red Sox need a “fresh public face” as television ratings on New England Sports Network dropped 15 percent from 2016 to this season.
Farrell was in the final year of his contract, and Boston has been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in each of the past two years. The Red Sox were swept by the Houston Astros in the AL Division Series this season.
Before taking over the Red Sox, Farrell spent two years as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays following four seasons as Boston’s pitching coach. He posted a 432-378 record as manager of the Red Sox, and is the only manager in franchise history to lead the team to three AL East titles. He is sixth on Boston’s all-time wins list.
Farrell was ejected in Game 4 of the ALDS in what proved to be his final game as manager of the team.
“Managing is a tough job, period. I think it’s a tougher job here than maybe anywhere else,” Dombrowski said recently. “The scrutiny you receive – being in the game as long as I’ve been in the game, I’m amazed somewhat (by) the scrutiny aspect of it. And then when I look at the names behind (Farrell’s) desk, the number of pictures and how few guys have stayed a long time, it just shows you it’s a tough job.”