Either way, it's not a great endorsement of Farrell, who spent five full seasons as the Red Sox skipper and finishes his time there having won 53 percent of the games he oversaw.
Boston finished 93-69 (.574) in 2017 to win its ninth AL East division title. What is slightly more noteworthy, however, is that the Red Sox say even a World Series would not have saved the manager's job. The team said a search for a new manager will begin immediately.
The Red Sox season ended Monday with a loss to the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS.
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He is the only manager in franchise history to win back-to-back division crowns and is entering the final year of his contract.
Farrell's first season in 2013 was highlighted by Boston's eighth World Series championship.
Farrell is 586-548 (.517 winning percentage) overall as a major league manager. But he did refute the notion that an ALCS or World Series appearance would have led to a different result.