John Farrell out as Red Sox manager

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell watches from the dugout during the second inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (WPRI) — The Boston Red Sox are on the hunt for a new manager after announcing Wednesday morning that John Farrell will not return for the 2018 season.

In his fifth season as manager, Farrell led the team to a 93-69 record and its second-straight American League East title. However, the Red Sox also experienced their second-straight early exit from the playoffs.

“To me I thought that it was the appropriate time to make a change for the betterment of the organization and move forward,” Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday.

“You weigh a lot of different things that come into play, watch day-in, day-out over a season, and you come up with the decision based upon that,” he added. “For me, I think at this point sometimes change can be better and that’s why we decided to move forward with the change.”

Farrell released a statement Wednesday afternoon, thanking the team’s front office, coaching staff, players and fans.

Farrell’s final game with the Red Sox was Game 4 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros, during which he was ejected in the second inning for arguing a called third strike on Dustin Pedroia. The Sox went on to lose the game, as well as the series.

“You go 100 miles an hour and then all of a sudden, it feels like you faceplant into a wall when the season’s over,” Farrell told reporters after the game.

Farrell said he liked the young core group of players on the team and was looking forward to 2018, which would’ve been the final year of his contract.

Farrell had a 432-378 overall record as Boston’s manager, winning the World Series during his first season in 2013.

This was Farrell’s second stint with the Red Sox, having been the team’s pitching coach from 2007-2010. The team had three postseason appearances in that period, winning the World Series in 2007. He then spent two seasons as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays before being brought back to Boston.