With the Red Sox season ending at the hands of the Houston Astros, Dave Dombrowski made the decision to terminate John Farrell.
Farrell came back to Boston in 2013, after a disasterous two-year stint in Toronto as manager where he led the Blue Jays to no better than 4th place. Meanwhile, in Boston, they were dealing with the disaster that was the Bobby Valentine era.
Farrell was able to achieve some accolades becoming the only Red Sox manager to win three AL East division titles, and a 2013 World Series championship. When Dave Dombrowski took over the reigns from former GM Ben Cherington, he inherited Farrell as his manager.
In the two years of the Dombrowski / Farrell tandem, they’ve won back-to-back AL East titles, yet have been bounced in the ALDS in two consecutive seasons.
As Monday was John Farrell’s final game as the Red Sox manager, let’s discuss some replacement candidates.
Disarcina was hired as Farrell’s bench coach for the current season after Torey Lovullo became the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was the manager of the Lowell Spinners (A) from 2007-2009. He was infield instructor for Boston in 2010.
Disarcina left to go to Anaheim before returning to manage the AAA Red Sox in 2013. He has familiarity with many of the young up and coming players in the Red Sox system which would benefit him if his he was to be named the manager.
Ausmus was recently fired by the Detroit Tigers. Despite being recently terminated, he was the runner up for the managerial position in 2013. Ausmus was hired by Dombrowski after the retirement of Jim Leyland in Detroit.
The Tigers are headed towards a rebuild, which certainly caused the Tigers management to look elsewhere.
Cora is the current bench coach for the Houston Astros. The former infielder played for Red Sox from 2005-2008. He was one of the most undervalued, yet hard working players of the championship season of 2007.
Alex Cora has been touted by many as a potential manager in years to come. Cora has seen first hand how AJ Hinch has dealt with the youthful Astros’ lineup. He would undoubtedly be a very good hire to deal with the youth of the current Boston Red Sox team.
The Captain. Jason Varitek is the former beloved catcher of the Boston Red Sox and will forever be known for punching Alex Rodriguez in 2004. As many know, catchers can often times become the best managers – seen with Joe Girardi, Mike Scoscia, Brad Ausmus, Kevin Cash, and various others that have excelled as managers.
Though this would be a long shot, since ‘Tek doesn’t have any prior experience, there is little doubt in my mind that he would have the respect of the entire Red Sox dugout.
The former Minnesota Twins skipper has not been a manager since his departure. Though he isn’t necessarily young and innovative, he brings a more disciplined regime to Boston.
After a season full of media distractions and young players, Dombrowski could seek to fill this void with the experienced manager.
Sasha’s Choice: Brad Ausmus
Cody’s Choice: Alex Cora