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John Farrell on firing from Red Sox: ‘Every situation has a shelf life'

Lucy Burdge
December 06, 2017 - 11:21 am

John Farrell spoke for the first time since his firing from the Red Sox in October and said he respects the move the team made in removing him as the manager.

In an appearance on MLB Network's "Hot Stove" show on Wednesday, Farrell was told by the host he handled the firing with "class and dignity” before he was asked if it was difficult to accept the decision.

"In some ways, yes, because I felt we as a team, as an organization, as a coaching staff, we were proud of the number of accomplishments that we had there, including what you saw in 2013 and back-to-back championships in the AL East the last couple of years but hey, every situation has a shelf life and a change was made," Farrell said. "I respect the change that did take place."

The host then reminded Farrell of all he accomplished in Boston.

"I always point it back to the players that we had there, so many great players," Farrell responded. "In 2013, it embodied David Ortiz and to think what he did himself, individually, Koji Uehara getting the final out -- so many good players that have come through there. It's a stacked team as it stands today. Alex Cora is inheriting a very good team with a lot of expectations -- that's the norm there. It will be interesting to see how things unfold."

Farrell also spoke about the attention all new MLB managers receive.

"It's no doubt going to be the scrutiny and that's going to have varying degrees depending on the city," Farrell said. "Coming out of five years in which there might have been the most scrutiny on a team, on an individual player or a manager, and that's Boston. But that's also what draws people to those places. The expectation is high and the ability to win is there every single year. And if that's not in your DNA, if that's not what you aspire to do -- and that's to win -- then maybe those places aren’t for you."

He also praised the Yankees on the hiring of Aaron Boone as manager.

"The talk certainly of Aaron Boone going to New York -- I don't know if he managed anywhere else, would he be ready for the job that he is walking into?" Farrell said. "I don't know that you can prepare for those positions until you're in them. I think it's great to see a great hire in Aaron Boone."

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