The Red Sox finally got their wish. John Farrell has been named as their next manager, joining the team for the 2013 season after the failed Valentine Experiment. Well, hopefully he has more than 69 wins in him for next year because I’m not sure I could handle another season like that.
Farrell, who still had one year left on his contract with the Blue Jays, has signed a multi-year deal with the Sox and the official announcement should come on Monday. The Red Sox had to give up short stop Mike Aviles to get the deal done but I think I can live with that…as long as Farrell doesn’t suck as badly as Valentine did.
The Sox interviewed four other candidates, but evidently that was all a ruse. Did anyone thing they weren’t going to hire John Farrell? You can almost see the drool running down the owners’ chins when someone just mentions his name. He has obviously been their first choice forever.
One part of me is happy they got someone hired before the post season was over… but the other part of me is scared. Let’s hope his lack of success with the Blue Jays was more a result of a not-so-great roster and less an indication of his managing skills. And after last year’s fiasco, I think we all have the right to be a little nervous.
Word on the street is Farrell is a hard ass who’s not going to take any shit from this group of players — many of whom he has coached in the past. But can he manage to get this dreadful pitching staff and the rest of this indignant group of babies back on track? That remains to be seen.
What are your thoughts on the newly appointed manager? Would he have been your first choice?