Did John Farrell deserve to be fired?
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Did John Farrell deserve to be fired?

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The Boston Red Sox fired manager John Farrell after the team failed to beat the Houston Astros in the ALDS. Farrell spent two years getting bounced in the Division Series following two no-shows in the playoffs. Critics argue he's not up to the task of managing the Red Sox. Still, Farrell did win a World Series his first season in 2013, and it wasn’t his fault the players fell apart. What do you think? 

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Farrell is finally out much to the delight of many Red Sox fans. Though he won a World Series, It's not hard to see why. Farrell wore out his welcome by mismanaging a highly-paid roster, early playoff exits and an out of control clubhouse. He also oversaw the team when a sign-stealing scandal broke. Farrell had some success, but he is incapable of running this team.

While it’s true Farrell’s resume will show him as a success in his five seasons as manager — three division titles and a World Series championship — it is also true that 2017 was yet another campaign of unfulfilled expectations. It was also the season of the David Ortiz hangover. The Sox missed his bat, sure, but they also missed his clubhouse presence. The result: It became the sullen, insecure, finger-pointing David Price clubhouse. Not only was Farrell unable to do something about it, but he appeared also to endorse it with his line about how accountability is a two-way street, this after Price’s sorry Yankee Stadium temper tantrum in June. Now it is John Farrell who must be held accountable.

There were a lot of problems with the Red Sox, but to pin them all on Farrell is unfair. It's not his fault Chris Sale decided to have his worst stretch of pitching in the playoffs. Farrell did the best with what he had. Here's more from ESPN's Scott Lauber:

The problem runs much deeper than that. It goes to a clubhouse run by two defiant veterans, the inability of a bunch of young players to mature into team leaders and the overall makeup of a team that often seemed to be joylessly slogging back to the top of the American League East.
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