Red Sox Extend Manager John Farrell
The Red Sox have extended their manager John Farrell, the team announced on its official twitter. The deal goes through the 2017 season with an option for the 2018 season. Farrell replaced Bobby Valentine after a disastrous 2012 season for the Red Sox. Farrell managed the Red Sox to a World Series Championship in 2013, his first year as the team’s manager.
John Farrell was the director of player development for the Indians from November 2001 to the end of the 2006 season. He was then hired by the Red Sox where he had the role of pitching coach from 2007 to 2010. The Red Sox, of course won the World Series in 2007 and their pitching coach was no small part of it as the Red Sox also led the American League in ERA during the regular season.
During the 2010 offseason, The Toronto Blue Jays hired Farrell to be the club’s manager. He went on to lead the Blue Jays to an 81-81 record and a 73-89 record in the 2011 and 2012 seasons respectively. Both were fourth place finishes in the American League East.
After the 2012 season, Farrell was sent to the Red Sox along with David Carpenter for Mike Avilés. The move worked out for the Red Sox as Farrell made an immediate impact and won American League Manager of the Year for a 97 win season. In the 2013 postseason, everything Farrell did seemed to work out. He plugged Jonny Gomes in for Daniel Nava several times against right handed starters. He also sat struggling catcher Saltalamacchia for David Ross which turned into a two hit performance for Ross including the go-ahead RBI in Game 5.
Farrell is a pitching-first manager. He helped to turn around Jon Lester’s career after a dreadful performance in 2012. He also looked as if he briefly resurrected Clay Buchholz’s career after he also had a poor 2012 season. Buchholz had a great 2013 with a 1.74 ERA but struggled with injuries; he then showed inconsistency in 2014 with a 5.34 ERA. The manager’s job has been made easy since managing the bullpen over 2013 and most of 2014 has been a game of get the ball to Koji Uehara with the lead.
For a former pitching coach, Farrell can handle the lineup card pretty well. He managed a great platoon in 2013 of Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes in left field. He also found time for Mike Carp to get some at bats as he had a .296 batting average. He also shielded catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from left handed pitching, most with David Ross. With the lineup the Red Sox boast in 2015, the lineup card might fill itself out.
The pitching staff might need a lot of help from John Farrell this upcoming season, but that’s a big reason why he is here. He should be able to figure out how to maximize production out of his rotation. The Red Sox made a smart move by retaining their manager because he is invaluable to this team.
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