With Red Sox Struggling, Manager John Farrell’s Job on the Line?

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 05/25/17 07:03AM EDT

Is Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell on his way out? Speculations are about that Farrell may be replaced as skipper after the Red Sox's slow start to the season.

According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Farrell's job is now on the line with the Red Sox just third in the American League (AL) East with a 22-21 mark, 4 ½ games behind the New York Yankees.

Abraham said Farrell is now sitting on pins and needles after the Red Sox lost 10 of their 18 games this month, putting his job at risk. However, Farrell remains confident that his team will recover in time and live up to their billing as the AL East favorite.

"We feel like this is a better team than what we have. We've got to do a better job in every area," said Farrell.

Aside from the team's disappointing record, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that Farrell was not a popular figure in the clubhouse, with some players believing that their skipper was not standing up for them during media interviews.

Recently, Farrell exchanged words with starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz in the dugout. Pomeranz insisted on staying in the game after throwing 97 pitches in four innings.

With Dave Dombrowski now the president of baseball operations, there were reports that he may hire Jim Leyland, who worked with Dombrowski with the Detroit Tigers. However, Leyland clarified that he will stay retired, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

If ever the Red Sox part ways with Farrell, they may promote bench coach Gary DiSarcina. He is the only member of Farrell's staff to previously manage in the Red Sox organization, managing the Short A Lowell from 2007 to 2009 and Triple A Pawtucket in 2013.

Third base and infield coach Brian Butterfield is popular with the Red Sox players. He and previously managed in the Yankees and Diamondbacks organizations.

With Farrell at the helm, the Red Sox have made the playoffs twice in four seasons, winning the World Series in 2013.  He has a 361-330 record plus an 11-8 mark in the postseason, per CBS Sports.

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