September 30, 2013

On Baseball: A capable manager by any means

By Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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John Farrell
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John Farrell

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"He's coached in the big leagues. He's played in the big leagues. He's been in the front office. He's been a college coach," General Manager Ben Cherington said. "He can pretty much put himself in the shoes of anyone he has to communicate with.

"The manager has to communicate in all sorts of directions all the time, every day. John has done a terrific job with it."

Farrell was once director of player development for the Indians.

In Boston, he keeps an eye on the minor league teams. So when Xander Bogaerts was starting to get hot at Hadlock Field, Farrell knew.

Boston has used several Sea Dogs, including Bogaerts, this year. Decisions on these players were based on plenty of discussions.

"He gives us ideas and he's very open minded to different ideas that we throw at him; how we see the roster shaping up and how he can utilize that as a manager," Assistant General Manager Mike Hazen said.

"That's a daily conversation trying to make those pieces work. When's the right time to bring up Xander Bogaerts -- and talking at length well prior to Xander ever coming up here -- about how Xander could fit if he comes up. John's input was invaluable, as it is with every other decision."

The Red Sox look like a team again, their front office, coaches and players working together.

The man in the dugout is listening, and managing and winning.

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