It was eye-opening when Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski revealed the decision to fire John Farrell would have been the same no matter the results of the postseason.
That raised all sorts of questions about what was going on here. Word was that Dombrowski and Farrell didn’t click, but it didn’t seem like that would be enough to do it (especially if they won a second World Series).
Anyway, Dombrowski’s comment made us wonder whether any of the other issues that cropped up during the year had anything to do with the decision:
1. Could it have been that Farrell lost a large part of the clubhouse, as was mentioned here? Dustin Pedroia, who yelled to Manny Machado that “it wasn’t me, it was them” after the bad beanball incident, seeming to pin the blame for the beanball on Farrell and pitcher Matt Barnes, and generally didn’t appear to be a major backer. (If the won the World Series, hard to see clubhouse issues doing him in.)
2. Could it be Farrell’s rep grew as a complainer? (That couldn’t seem to be enough, even if viewed unfavorably by his bosses, to do him in.)
3. Could it be the AppleGate incident? (Dombrowski himself laughed that one off, and MLB barely even slapped them on the wrist for it, though it was weird that he claimed not to know about it.)
4. Could it be that he dated a Boston sportscaster? (That’s been going on awhile, as first mentioned in the Boston Globe, and that probably wouldn’t do it, anyway.)
So it remains a mystery what Dombrowski was talking about, unless it was all these things combined. Anyway, Dombrowski wouldn’t say.