Stepping Into Something

John Farrell, ex-Cleveland pitcher, recent Toronto manager and former Red Sox pitching coach (2007-2010) took the Red Sox manager job. What’s the over/under on how many games he’s expected to win this coming season? Mike Aviles went to Toronto as part of the negotiation for Farrell’s services, making it likely the Sox will be looking to pick up a free-agent shortstop – Scutaro? – or would they give rookie Jose Iglesias a shot at the starting job?

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  • not sure how i feel about farrell rejoining the sox, or if i even have the right to feel anything, since it’s not my team…anyway, you’d have to admit it’s the “safe” pick seeing that he knows them pretty well, and they know him pretty well…player reaction has been mostly positive i think, with that one exception, good old joe anonymous, who noted that farrell wasn’t so great with toronto…folks that point out the pitching did better when john was in boston might be forgetting that this time he’s the manager and not the pitching coach…hopefully, for him, that chore will be picked up by someone that he and the pitchers have confidence in, and he can focus on managing the entire team…thing about scutaro is that he’s getting a little long in the tooth, and guys in their late 30’s aren’t supposed to be good shortstops *cough* i know it wasn’t that long ago, but i’m trying to remember marco’s last stint with the sox…seems like he hit well enough…too many errors maybe?…still, his WAR was 2.4 in ’10 and 2.6 in ’11…

    dc October 23, 2012, 11:18 am
  • And Scutaro was one of the few, along with Ellsbury, to actually have an awesome September that year. But count me disinterested. Just a little too old, even if his NLCS was amazing. I’d consider a one-year if he was cheap enough, I suppose. But that seems unlikely.

    Farrell: have no idea. Never got an idea of his in-game abilities with Toronto or anything. Didn’t have amazing material to work with in BJ town I don’t think (some people got better–Encarnacion and some got worse–Romero–under his management). I’m sure he’ll do better with the media than Bobby V. But I’m pretty sure Charles Manson would do better with the media than Bobby V.

    Devine October 23, 2012, 11:35 am
  • Agree with much that you’ve each said re: farrell. I don’t know much about him but it sounds like he’ll come in with the respect of a number of the players and with knowledge of what it’s like to manage in the ALEast. Having said that, I never understood why Cherrington so coveted him going back to last year. He’s not a guy I heard much about in other manager searches but having had direct experience with him in Boston as a coach, perhaps they have insights into what he’d bring that others just don’t. Regardless, the Boston-nightmare that was Bobby V is now gone, and I have to imagine every single SF in the world is happy about that. Literally.

    IronHorse - YF October 23, 2012, 11:49 am
  • Also, great title, ag.

    Devine October 23, 2012, 1:05 pm
  • Thanks, Devine. Quick story about where that line comes from. I golf (poorly and rarely) and played a few games with a person who was fortunate enough to do a job where he could work the phone with clients and his HQ while slamming tremendous drives. Whenever it was his turn to hit, his exit line from whatever current pitch he was making was, “okay, gotta go, I’m stepping into something.”

    It is a fantastic phrase at which I have marveled since I first heard it. It’s simply loaded.

    attackgerbil October 23, 2012, 3:51 pm

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