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Red Sox Talk: Rosenthal Reports Players Think Farrell Doesn’t Stick Up For Them

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Red Sox Talk: Fox’s MLB Reporter Ken Rosenthal Reports Red Sox  Players Think Manager John Farrell Doesn’t Stick Up For Them Enough

Another day, another report that states something Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has done wrong at the helm.

Today’s report comes from FOX’s MLB Reporter Ken Rosenthal who titled an article “Trying times for John Farrell as Boston Red Sox manager“. In it, Rosenthal writes that Farrell could’ve been fired on Monday, “if the Red Sox had not avoided getting swept four straight in Oakland by winning the final game of the series.”

Just because they avoided a sweep, that does not mean that Farrell is all of a safe. He’s not. Rosenthal writes, “It might come next week, if the Sox fail to ignite during a six-game homestand against the Rangers and Mariners,” but also acknowledges that it might never come if the Red Sox actually start “playing up to their capabilities day-in, day-out.” Whether the team gets it going or not, it sounds like the issue between Red Sox players and their manager goes beyond just what NESN cameras have captured this year like second baseman Dustin Pedroia saying, “It’s not me, it’s them,” while pointing behind him to the Red Sox dugout after Manny Machado got a fastball up by his head, and Farrell’s fight with Drew Pomeranz in the dugout this past weekend.

Farrell, even when he won the 2013 World Series as a rookie manager, was not popular in all corners of the clubhouse. Some players, but not all, believe that he does not stand up for them strongly enough to the media when the team is struggling, sources say. Some also question Farrell’s game management, talk that exists in virtually every clubhouse, but some more than others.

There has been plenty of commentary over the years pointing towards poor in game management, not a locker room guy, and not a leader the young players believe in which has caused some former players like Travis Shaw to come out and voice his displeasure with Farrell on Jared Carrabis’s Section 10 Podcast.

Farrell has and will be a topic of discussion until he is either fired or his team starts winning baseball games and can get significantly over .500. Until either of those two things happen, there will continue to be these kind of reports. Some Red Sox fans want him gone, the others want him to stay. But for those who want him to stay, they often go with the defense of you think you could do better. But that defense is pointless, of course the Farrell ousters do not think they could do better, but a baseball mind who is qualified could indeed do a better job.

At this point the fact that Torey Luvullo followed Mike Hazen to Arizona, complicates who the potential replacement would be. For that reason I think for the moment, the Boston Red Sox should keep John Farrell, there are too many variables like David Price being injured. offensive issues, and bullpen injuries that have affected Farrell’s ability to successfully manage the team so far this season. If they continue to sit around .500 in two months, then maybe a revaluation should occur, but at this point I do not feel another manager would get more out of this team at the moment.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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