Red Sox anager John Farrell won his third AL East title and became the first Red Sox manager to win three divisional crowns with the win over the Astros on Saturday.
Darrell Johnson (1975), John McNamara (‘86, ‘88), Joe Morgan (‘90), Kevin Kennedy (‘95) and Terry Francona (‘97) are the other Sox managers to lead the team to an AL East championship.
“First and foremost, it’s about the players,” Farrell said. “You know what, I haven’t really given it a whole lot of thought where it stacks up with others and I don’t really pay a whole lot of attention to it.”
Dombrowski gave Farrell credit for the Red Sox’ second straight division title.
“I think he’s done a great job,” said Dombrowski, who chose to keep Farrell as manager going into 2016 despite not seeing him manage any games at the end of the 2015 season, when Farrell was battling cancer and Dombrowski assumed the role in August. “It’s a tough job. Managing is a tough job, period. I think it’s a tougher job here than maybe anywhere else. The scrutiny you receive. Being in the game as long as I’ve been in the game, I’m amazed somewhat the scrutiny aspect of it.
“And then when I look at the names behind his desk, the number of pictures and how few guys have stayed a long time. It just shows you it’s a tough job. He’s done a great job. He’s a tough guy. He’s a smart baseball man. He’s got a good staff around him, too.”
Principal owner John Henry was quick to credit Dombrowski for his work as the front office decision-maker.
“I think we thought all along we were going to win the division,” Henry said. “We just had to go out and actually do it, which is hard to do. We’ve never won back-to-back divisions. I think Dave did a tremendous job to put us in position to win, and the players actually did it.”