The Red Sox have not provided the exact reasoning behind the firing of manager John Farrell after winning the AL East title, but one source offered an explanation to The Boston Globe. “It wasn’t that John lost control of the clubhouse. I keep hearing that and I say to myself, that’s not the clubhouse I was in,” the source said of Farrell, who will be replaced by Alex Cora. “I think John had pockets of discord, but every manager in baseball had that. I think the David Price situation was tough on John. He couldn’t stop Price from saying stuff. Price had a lot of influence with the players and John couldn’t change Price. John was never afraid to have a tough conversation with a player. He had no problem with that. But he had a tough time with Price.” Price has become a controversial figure in the Red Sox clubhouse and on the field. Price has been effective in his two seasons in Boston, but nowhere near the $217 million ace the Red Sox were expecting. Price worked out of the bullpen at the end of the season and postseason after returning from an elbow injury.
Is David Price to blame for John Farrell’s firing?
New York Post | Oct 30