I like the choice of former MLB pitcher John Farrell as manager of the Boston Red Sox for many reasons. Farrell was a MLB pitcher from 1987- 1996 with Indians, Angels and Tigers. He was with the Red Sox as a coach from 2006-2010 and then managed the Blue Jays from 2011-2012.
His record as a MLB pitcher was 36-46 and he had an ERA of 4.56. His best season was with Cleveland in 1988 where he went 14-10 with a 4.24 ERA. He was dogged by injuries and did not make an appearance in 1991 and 1992 due to arm problems. He was 32-30 prior to sitting out two MLB seasons and in his final four seasons he went 4-14.
Red Sox Coach
With the Red Sox, Farrell was well respected as a pitching coach. He was hired in that position to replace Dave Wallace. That was when Terry Francona was manager of the Red Sox. Tito and Farrell had been teammates with the Indians. The next season, 2007, the Boston Red Sox won their second World Series in four seasons, having won the crown in 2004 after a miraculous comeback against the Yankees in the ALCS and then sweeping the Cardinals for the big prize.
As manager of the Jays, Farrell was 154-170. Although not a stellar record, the novice manager was guiding a team in what is the toughest division in the majors. He comes to Boston with some solid seasons behind him. Perhaps more important is the fact that the new manager, unlike Bobby Valentine, knows the organization. He’s known for being a steady and fair guy and for being committed to the game.
Upbeat Red Sox
In the press conference announcing the appointment of Farrell as the new Red Sox skipper, general manager Ben Cherington said, “His integrity, leadership skills, intelligence are second to none and make him the right person for this job.”
Things are upbeat for the Red Sox. Farrell is a great choice for many reasons. He brings a new energy to the team and is respected by players and those in the front office.
Farrell, who was hired on October 16, said at the press conference, “It is very much a privilege. I am honored and humbled to be standing here today.”
He also noted that he knew he needed to build trust with the team and that he envisioned the club speaking with one voice. I like this guy already. Then again, I liked him before. Great move!