October 31, 2013

Farrell’s steady hand helped turn Sox around

Just a year ago, Boston was in last place, and now, it’s on the verge of a World Series title.

By Howard Ulman
AP Sports Writer

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Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell watches during practice before Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.

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When he was booed by fans on his return to Toronto with Boston on April 4, Farrell said, “That goes back to how much people care, and that’s a good thing.

“Unfortunately, over the past couple of years, some things didn’t play out on the field as we had hoped.”

But now he’s in Boston where his philosophy is working out just fine.

“There’s a relentless approach to play a complete game every night,” Farrell said. “That attitude is what has allowed us to come back from so many deficits this year and never give an at-bat away, and certainly play to the 27th out every night.”

Unlike his predecessor, in Boston he has a strong relationship with his coaches and doesn’t call attention to himself by criticizing players.

Farrell hired Juan Nieves as his pitching coach then stayed out of his way despite having served in that role with the Red Sox from 2007-2010. The staff ERA of 3.79 was nearly a run less than last season’s and Boston’s best in 11 years.

“His genuineness as a person to me was the one thing that would allow him to connect with players,” Farrell said of Nieves.

Just like Farrell.

From that first meeting in spring training.

“Nobody had any questions,” Lester said. “It was our job to go out there and do what he told us to do. And I think we’ve done a good job of that.”

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