John Farrell

Report: Ex-Red Sox manager John Farrell to interview for Angels' manager job

Report: Ex-Red Sox manager John Farrell to interview for Angels' manager job

After a two-year hiatus, John Farrell is looking to make his way back into an MLB dugout.

The former Red Sox skipper reportedly will interview for the Los Angeles Angels' open managerial position, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The Angels parted ways with manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2019 regular season.

While the Angels are doing their due diligence by interviewing Farrell, ex-Cubs manager Joe Maddon is considered the heavy favorite to land the gig. Maddon also is scheduled for an interview this week and reportedly is expected to be announced the Angels' new manager shortly afterward.

Farrell finished his tenure in Boston with a 432-378 record while winning three division titles and the 2013 World Series in his inaugural season. He was fired by the Red Sox following the 2017 campaign and replaced by Alex Cora.

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John Farrell interested in returning as MLB manager

John Farrell interested in returning as MLB manager

Two years after being fired by the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell is interested in making a comeback.

The ex-Sox skipper, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, is open to returning to the dugout as a big-league manager.

The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels currently have managerial job openings after parting ways with Joe Maddon and Brad Ausmus. Former Red Sox catcher David Ross, who played under Farrell on Boston's 2013 World Series club, was named a candidate for the Cubs position.

Also in need of a new manager are the Kansas City Royals following Ned Yost's retirement announcement.

Farrell spent five seasons with the Red Sox and finished his Boston tenure with a 432-378 overall record.

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Book details 2017 argument between Dave Dombrowski, John Farrell that led to changes

Book details 2017 argument between Dave Dombrowski, John Farrell that led to changes

Manny Machado's rough slide in 2017 didn't just effectively end Dustin Pedroia's career. According to a new book, it also marked the beginning of the end for John Farrell as Red Sox manager when it led to a shouting match with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

The scene is laid out in "Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up," by Boston Globe baseball writer Alex Speier. It details the tense confrontation between Farrell and Dombrowski after the Red Sox failed to exact retribution against Machado for his April slide that had left Pedroia injured.

It happened following a 5-2 loss to the Orioles on May 1, 2017. That's the night Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones heard epithets from the center field bleachers, igniting a national outcry over racial tolerance in Boston.

Matt Barnes had already thrown a pitch behind Machado's head in the series, which led to Dylan Bundy drilling Mookie Betts in what the Red Sox considered retaliation. An irate Dombrowski confronted Farrell in his office after the game.

From the book:

"The two got into a shouting match related to that night's game, particularly the team's handling of retribution, and whether the Red Sox needed to settle the score by hitting Machado with a pitch after their best player, Betts, had been drummed. The confrontation became sufficiently intense that Farrell essentially challenged Dombrowski: if the president of baseball operations took such issue with how the club was being run, then he should fire him."

The exchange was loud enough to be audible in the clubhouse, and some players crept closer to better hear the blowup. By the end of it, Farrell knew he was on borrowed time. He and Dombrowski later conducted a more civil discussion, Farrell told Speier, "and that's when we kind of really recognized that maybe things didn't align."

Writes Speier:

"At the end of the exchange, the manager had a new view of his job. If there was any doubt that he wasn't Dombrowski's guy, by the end of the conversation, it was gone."

Players noticed their strained relationship and the impact it had on Farrell's clubhouse standing. "Trouble, trouble, trouble," Xander Bogaerts said of the dynamic in the book. "It definitely ain't good."

Farrell was fired after the 2017 season, paving the way for the hiring of Alex Cora, who won the World Series in 2018.

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