Even though the Boston Red Sox might finish in last place in the AL East for the second-straight season, don't expect them to let go of manager John Farrell.
In speaking with reporters on Wednesday, GM Ben Cherington was asked by MLB.com if he had any concerns that Farrell wasn't "getting through" to the team anymore. Here's how Cherington replied:
"I don't have that concern. I think we're dealing with a number of things, but I don't feel like that's one of the things. We can all be better. Everybody on the field. Everybody in the front office. That's what it's going to take. But I fully support John. He's part of the solution."
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Cherington then took the majority of the blame for the team's lack of success:
"The last two years, we just haven't delivered. That's the bottom line. No one is more responsible for that than me. Because of that, there has been a lot of self-review going on and internal analysis and so we have been trying to learn whatever we can about what's happened, knowing that bottom line results haven't been there, they haven't been up to standard, there's no way around that.
"So we've been spending time on that. I can't look at any specific transactions and look back and say it doesn't make sense or didn't fit in the strategy or direction we wanted. The bottom line is the aggregate -- the results haven't been there. That's on us. We know that our fans deserve a lot better than what we've delivered the last two years, our ownership deserves better and it's up to us to find a way to get back."
Heading into Wednesday's games, the Red Sox sat 10 games back of the first-place New York Yankees and owned the worst record in the American League at 42-52.