October 5, 2012

Red Sox eye Farrell for vacant manager's job

The Associated Press

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Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell, right, fist bumps Moises Sierra after Sierra scored a run on a sacrifice fly by J.P. Arencibia in the second inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Red Sox wanted to talk with Farrell last year but were rebuffed. The Blue Jays may be more willing after his second losing season in his two years in Toronto.

Farrell was Boston's pitching coach from 2007, when the Red Sox won the World Series, to 2010 and helped Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz develop into productive pitchers. He's also familiar with many veterans and minor leaguers in the Red Sox system.

And, as Cleveland's director of player development from November 2001 to the end of the 2006 season, he worked with current Boston assistant general manager Mike Hazen, who held scouting and player development positions with the Indians from 2001 to 2005.

Farrell also worked with many current members of Red Sox management.

"Not only are they professional colleagues, on some level they became personal friends and we had success," he said on Sept. 7 as he sat in the third-base dugout. "We shared a lot of challenges along the way."

That familiarity would make him a much safer choice than Valentine. Cherington preferred Dale Sveum, who ended up as manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, a strong backer of Valentine when he was hired, said on Thursday, "as well as you may know someone casually or through the interview process, you get to know them better when you have a full season together. So, of course, (there were) some surprises, positive and negative surprises."

The Red Sox would like fewer surprises and more stability from their next manager.

"I don't think there's a certain resume or background" necessary, Cherington said. "These jobs bring all sorts of challenges. There's a person who's right for the Red Sox job in 2013 who isn't right for another team's job or who might not have been right for our job last year or the year before."

Farrell may be the right person this time, if the Blue Jays let him go to a team with a larger and more demanding group of fans and media contingent.

"Having worked in Boston," he said a month ago, "there's a tremendous fan base that is very passionate. The expectations are always very high, but, as a competitor, that's what you aspire to do."

 

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