The John Farrell era in Boston is over.
The Red Sox announced Wednesday that they have fired their manager after the team’s second straight ALDS exit.
Farrell, who took over for Bobby Valentine as Sox skipper in 2013, was under contract through the end of the 2018 season.
“Despite an end to this season that we all wanted to be different, I am proud of this ball club and the resiliency shown,” Farrell said in a statement. “I have enjoyed every moment of this job — its peaks and its valleys. There are few, if any, positions in life that create so much passion on a daily basis.”
Farrell, 55, led the Red Sox to a World Series championship in his first season at the helm, but the team hasn’t won a playoff series since. After finishing last in the AL East from 2014-2015, the Red Sox won their division in 2016 but were swept by the Indians in the ALDS.
Boston topped the AL East again this year, the first time in franchise history the team has won back-to-back division titles, going 93-69 during the regular season. But their October run was cut short again, as the Sox on Monday fell three games to one to the Astros in the ALDS.
Farrell thanked the front office for standing by him after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, which forced him to take a short leave of absence toward the end of that season.
“I am grateful to an ownership group that gave me such a unique opportunity, and one that shared my desire to bring World Series Championships to this great city. They supported me through a challenging and scare period in my own life, and I remain forever indebted,” Farrell said.
Dave Dombrowski, the club’s president of baseball operations, expressed his gratitude to in a press conference Wednesday. Though he did not get into any details about the decision, Dombrowski said the manager’s tenure had run its course.
“To me, I thought it was an appropriate time to make a change for the betterment of the organization moving forward,” Dombrowski said. “You weigh a lot of different things that come into play, you watch day in and day out over a season, and you come up with a decision based upon that.”
Farrell, a former pitcher who served as Boston’s pitching coach from 2007-2010, recorded a 432-378 record in five seasons as Red Sox manager. The team extended Farrell’s contract through this season in 2014, including a club option for 2018 in the deal. The Red Sox picked up the option before the start of this season.
Farrell began his MLB managerial career with a two-year stint with the Blue Jays in 2011.