According to a recent report, the Philadelphia Phillies met with former Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell.
A few weeks ago, John Farrell seemed like a long shot candidate to take over the manager role for the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2018 season after things didn’t workout with the Boston Red Sox. However, it looks like this scenario may not be that much of a long shot after all when it comes to the possibility of Farrell coming on board.
Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki of MLB.com discussed on Wednesday how Farrell actually met with the team, which came as a bit of a surprise since reports earlier in the day discussed how Philadelphia was “zeroing in” on promoting Dusty Wathan to be their next manager. But with Farrell’s name all of a sudden in the mix, this obviously changes everything for the Phillies when it comes to their approach to finding Pete Mackanin‘s replacement.
Phillies still interviewing managerial candidates. Former Red Sox manager John Farrell is the latest to meet with them.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) October 25, 2017
One day after the team was eliminated in the playoffs by the Houston Astros, Boston made the tough decision to move on from Farrell after five seasons, which sort of came as a surprise. Not only did Farrell help lead the Red Sox to a World Series back in 2013, but the team was coming off back-to-back AL East titles, although the early exits in the playoffs both years certainly didn’t help his case.
Either way, if Farrell did end up landing the gig with the Phillies for the 2018 season, the new manager would certainly have plenty of great talent to work with, especially when it comes to the young star on the rise in Rhys Hoskins. With all of the candidates discussed over the last week ranging from Farrell to Wathan, it seems like Philadelphia will name their new manager sooner rather than later.