But who led the world in injuries and that manager is gone? The MFY's had their share of injuries too and they won the AL East. So hard to accept that as an excuse.
It isn't an excuse. Not all injuries are created equal, and replacements aren't equal either. The Yankees losing Rivera isn't as big of deal, since they had signed a closer a year earlier to set up. Losing Bautista is huge. I'd say similar to the Sox losing Ortiz.
I'm just saying that it is difficult to evaluate how he really is as a manager based on team performance alone. It would be like evaluating Tito after the 2006 season. And I say this as somebody who is not in favor of Farrell becoming manager.
Farrell has question marks regarding the Escobar situation, and those sac bunt stats are terrible to look at, but I'm not sure how to evaluate him as a manager.