Dave Dombrowski won’t reveal reasons for firing John Farrell
Shortly after the Red Sox announced that John Farrell would not be returning as manager for the 2018 season, the club’s president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski held a press conference at Fenway Park Wednesday.
“I think sometimes change can be better, and that’s why we decided to move forward with this change,” Dombrowski said.
Dombrowski said he met with team officials following the loss to the Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS Monday, and met with the team’s baseball staff before making the decision. He also discussed the matter with team owner John Henry, who also owns the Globe, and received his approval. Dombrowski met with Farrell at about 9 a.m. Wednesday to inform him of the decision.
“I want to start by thanking John Farrell for what he has done for the Boston Red Sox organization over the years,” Dombrowski said. “To me, I thought it was an appropriate time to make a change for the betterment of the organization moving forward.”
While he did not elaborate on the specifics of why Farrell was let go, Dombrowski said the move was “not a snap decision” in response to the team’s season-ending loss Monday.
For the second straight year, the Red Sox exited the postseason in the divisional round.
“I’m not going to get into particular situations that really made the final decision,” he said.
Dombrowski said he did not consult with players regarding the decision. He did say previous managing experience was not necessary for the next Red Sox manager, and that it was unlikely anyone on the current coaching staff, which is signed through 2018, would be considered for the job.
“Managerial experience helps,” he said. “It’s not a 100 percent necessity.”
He added that the new manager would be able to choose his coaching staff.
As for what he’s looking for in his next manager, Dombrowski mentioned a number of important attributes, including “job knowledge, running the game, running the pitching staff, dealing with the media.”
“That role is a very important job,” he said. “It’s a very difficult job. There’s a lot of things that encompass that job.”
He also noted that the ability to handle the media carries greater weight in Boston compared with, say, Detroit, which is where he last hired a manager as an executive for the Tigers. He did, however, mention the advantage of having someone with experience “being in a dugout during a game.”