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John Edward Farrell

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[edit] Biographical Information

Buck Showalter (left) and Farrell in 2012

Pitcher John Farrell was signed as a 2nd round pick in the 1984 amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians and scout Red Gaskill.

After his playing career ended, Farrell spent several seasons working in the Indians' front office. In 2004 he was the Indians' director of player development. He was named Boston Red Sox pitching coach for the 2007 season. He would serve in the position for four seasons. Farrell led the Red Sox to an ERA title in 2007, and the club had a 4.25 overall ERA during his tenure, ranking 5th in the American League. The Boston Chapter of the BBWAA selected Farrell as the winner of the Red Sox Good Guy Award in 2009.

Hoping to build upon his expertise with pitchers, the Toronto Blue Jays presented him as their new manager on October 25, 2010, replacing the departing Cito Gaston. He spent two seasons at the Jays' helm. 2011 was promising, as the team played for .500 and seemed to be close to breaking out into the leaders' pack in the AL East. However, the season ended on a down note for Farrell, as he had to take a leave of absence from the team because of pneumonia on August 25th and was replaced by coach Don Wakamatsu. In 2012, the Jays started well, but injuries, especially to pitchers, took their toll, and they progressively fell back in the standings, finishing only ahead of the Red Sox, who had an even more difficult season. Indeed, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine resigned after only one season at the helm, and GM Ben Cherington had only one person in mind to replace him - Farrell. The announcement was made on October 20th, with the Blue Jays receiving infielder Mike Aviles in compensation for allowing their skipper to leave with a year left on his contract.

His first season at the helm of the Red Sox in 2013 was out of a fairy tale, as he turned the club completely around, leading them not only to a division title bu to their third World Series triumph in ten years when they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 2. However, things went badly form the start in 2014 as the Sox quickly fell off the pace and ended up in last place in the AL East after getting rid of a slew of veteran players during the season. However, at the end of the season, Major League Baseball appointed him as manager of an All-Star squad that toured Japan to play a five-game series against the Japanese national team. Ron Washington was initially slated to hold the position, but he resigned from his position as manager of the Texas Rangers in September.

Farrell is the father of infielder Jeremy Farrell who is in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Shane Farrell who pitched for Marshall University and became a scouting assistant for the Chicago Cubs, and Luke Farrell, who pitched at Northwestern University [1]. He is the son of Tom Farrell, Indians farmhand from 1953 to 1955.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1988 & 1989)
  • AL Pennant: 1 (2013)
  • Division Titles: 1 (2013)
  • Managed one World Series Champion with the Boston Red Sox (2013)

Preceded by
Cito Gaston
Toronto Blue Jays Manager
Succeeded by
John Gibbons
Preceded by
Bobby Valentine
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
current manager

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2011 Toronto Blue Jays American League 81-81 4th Toronto Blue Jays
2012 Toronto Blue Jays American League 73-89 4th Toronto Blue Jays
2013 Boston Red Sox American League 97-65 1st Boston Red Sox World Series Champs
2014 Boston Red Sox American League 71-91 5th Boston Red Sox

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