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Dave Dombrowski has very little to say about John Farrell's ouster as Red Sox manager

John Tomase
October 11, 2017 - 12:05 pm
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John Farrell is gone as Red Sox manager, but if you tuned in to Dave Dombrowski's press conference on Wednesday expecting answers, you left disappointed.

Beyond saying he felt "it was an appropriate time to make a change," Dombrowski had virtually nothing of substance to say about Farrell's ouster.

Dombrowski effectively claimed executive privilege on everything from Farrell's hold on the clubhouse to his interactions with young players to his impact on a number of Red Sox who took steps back this season.

"I'm not going to share facts," Dombrowski said. "Those are things I keep to myself."

So what did we learn? Here are some of the sparse highlights:

-- Dombrowski consulted with his lieutenants in baseball operations on Monday and Tuesday before reaching the decision and informing ownership, as well as Major League Baseball. He called Farrell to Fenway on Wednesday morning and said Farrell took the news professionally. He did not consult players.

-- He has a list of managerial candidates in mind and said the next manager likely won't come from the coaching staff. The coaches are signed through 2018 and he'll recommend them to the next manager, but give him the latitude to hire his own staff.

-- The next manager will be expected to check a lot of boxes. "You have all different types of attributes you're looking for in a manager," Dombrowski said. He cited running a pitching staff, communicating within the clubhouse, handling the media, consulting the training staff.

-- Dombrowski had little to say on the clubhouse culture except to acknowledge, "I think we can get better as a team." Asked specifically about David Price and whether broadcaster Dennis Eckersley will ever get an apology from someone in uniform, Dombrowski said he has put that story behind him. "I don't even know who that would be at this point."

-- Dombrowski declined to speculate on if an ALCS or World Series berth would've saved Farrell's job.

-- On the field, he said, "We needed to score more runs." First base and/or DH are two areas that could be addressed this winter.

-- As for the managerial search, he expected his candidates to have either managed in the minors or coached on a big-league staff. That would appear to take former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek out of consideration. Two names we should expect to hear in the coming weeks: former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, whom Dombrowski hired in Detroit, and former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora.

 

OMF - Dave Dombrowski press conference following the firing of John Farrell, 10-11-17

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