Dave Dombrowski said nothing on Wednesday at Fenway Park. Not literally … just the opposite. For 34 minutes, he fielded — outside of questions about apologies for Dennis Eckersley and why he wasn’t firing the players — reasonable, pertinent queries about why John Farrell is no longer Red Sox manager.

“I just think it’s time for a change,” Dombrowski said.

He needn’t have said anything else, and for a rare moment in Red Sox history, the boss didn’t. It wasn’t pure Belichick-ian, but Bill definitely ought to steal Dombrowski’s doozy that “I'm not going to share facts. Those are things I keep to myself.”

From this address, it’s simple enough to decipher. Dombrowski would have fired Farrell soon after he joined the organization in the summer of 2015, but Farrell’s illness prevented that. The 2016 Red Sox were a revelation: Young, fun, must-see. A beacon of optimism. There was no reason not to keep Farrell around.

This year? Ample reasons. Especially if you believe, as I do, that one of the manager’s big roles is as the public face of the franchise. The filter that accentuates what the team does right and blurs what it doesn’t. Farrell was not that at all in 2017. Not when his on-field actions frequently contradicted his own copious words, and around whom so many head shakers happened on his, well, watch.

My ears perked when Dombrowski responded to a question about whether there was an amount of success that would’ve kept Farrell around with a flat “no.” He’s the boss, though.

And Dave Dombrowski was not brought here to do anything but stamp this organization in bold ink.

“I think (John) felt like he probably had a target on his back for a while,” Terry Francona — who knows a thing or two about these matters — told reporters in Cleveland, relaying he’d spoken to Farrell. “He said he was at peace with it. … There’s just so much passion and so much interest that, with that comes, it can’t help but come with headaches.”

Even when you win to an unprecedented degree.

It won’t shock you to learn there haven’t been a lot of managers fired (no resignations, no retirements) immediately following back-to-back division titles. By my count, all of baseball history yields four, and one’s a shoehorn.

— Alvin Dark led the Athletics to a third straight world title in 1974, his first year after Dick Williams resigned, but Dark was fired by Charlie O. Finley — George Steinbrenner before Steinbrenner — when the Red Sox beat Oakland in the ‘75 ALCS.

— Davey Johnson’s Reds were “winners” of the 1994 NL Central in the sense they led at the time of the work stoppage. Owner Marge Schott had a personal issue with him, though, and followed through on her promise 1995 would be his last season even after Cincinnati went to that year’s NLCS.

— Pedro Martinez’s relief gem in the 1999 Division Series was the end for Mike Hargrove in Cleveland despite five straight division titles. The lack of a World Series win did him in, as was made clear when GM John Hart declared the Indians needed a manager who could get them to the "next level."

See some pieces of Farrell in those much?

When the Globe finally got comments from the rest of the front office — unlike in Francona’s and even Bobby Valentine’s case, personal praise for the departed wasn’t in Farrell’s dismissal release — it clarified this was just about Dombrowski. This was, without question, his call.

“I think we can get better as a team,” he said on Monday.

Given the almost universal underperformance from 2016 across the lineup, that’s impossible to argue. As we noted after the Game 4 ouster, the Sox maintaining the success of the prior year without adequately replacing David Ortiz is impressive and often overlooked.

Now comes trying to crack that upper AL echelon, which won’t be easy given the young, cheap talent shining in Houston and Cleveland, plus the continued payroll shedding of the on-the-rise Yankees.

Maybe the answer’s a trade for Giancarlo Stanton. (Just kidding. It’s not.) Maybe a push for free agent J.D. Martinez. (Yes. It’s this. Certainly relative to Stanton’s price tag.) Maybe a look at that clubhouse chemistry that was so praised by the players, but that did the now-departed manager no favors.

There is no glee in seeing someone lose his job, especially not a man connected to the best times this franchise has ever seen. But as it was with Terry Francona, it is with John Farrell.

Despite all the success, it was time. And for him, better days will be ahead.

It’s on Dave Dombrowski, now more publicly than ever, to ensure they also are for us.

Contact Jon Couture at jon.couture@bostonherald.com, or via Twitter @JonCouture