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.
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, falling three games to one to the Astros in the ALDS.
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.