While John Farrell was addressing his firing from the Red Sox for the first time Monday morning, second baseman Dustin Pedroia was also addressing it, telling WEEI that Farrell's approach "would wear on guys" last season.
“The overall approach, every day, would wear on guys," Pedroia told WEEI's OMF Show. "It wasn’t people not liking each other. We all love each other. Trust me. There’s the mindset of, ‘You show up to the yard, you put your work in, you have your approach that day, and you try to execute it. If you don’t, guess what? You’re going to show up tomorrow and still be in the lineup. We’re all going to have confidence in you. We’re all going to show up and try to win and accomplish the same thing.’ That’s what wore on guys and made the season that much more grueling – when everything that day was more magnified..."
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Farrell, speaking on an ESPN conference call as he prepares for a new role as an analyst on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight", told reporters, including Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, that he had a "little bit of a gut feeling" a change might be coming late last season.
“As the season wore on and we got down to the final weeks, maybe there was a little bit of a gut feeling, that you know what, this [firing] might be taking place, and it did, so I wish [new manager] Alex Cora and everybody else going forward the best.”
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Farrell said it was "a little bit of surprise a change was made" after he led Boston to back-to-back American League East titles.
“If you finished in first place last year, you were twice as likely to be fired as if you finished in last place," Farrell said. "From that perspective, yes, a little bit of a surprise a change was made, but I do know that Dave [Dombrowski] came in and he inherited me, so he felt there was change needed because we made quick exits two years consecutively after winning the division both years and going to the postseason."
After going through his first spring training under Cora, Pedroia - who'll begin the season on the disabled list after offseason knee surgery - seemed to suggest he preferred his former teammate's way of managing.
“It’s more ‘put your work in and stick with the process, don’t worry about results that day, because over the course of the season, you’re going to be the type of player you are throughout 162 games,’” Pedroia said.
The second baseman said Farrell and the old coaching staff "put a lot of pressure" on the team.
"It put a lot of pressure on our young guys, it put a lot of pressure on our veteran guys," Pedroia said. "That’s the part, when you wear Mookie [Betts] or [Xander Bogaerts] say they weren’t having much fun, you don’t ever have a chance to enjoy yourself if you don't go 4-for-4, throw a complete game shutout, or we don’t win by 10. You don’t look ahead to the end of what we were trying to build for.”