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Farrell says he's focused on Jays, not Red Sox

Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:35 pm
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John FarrellBy C. Trent Rosecrans

You may not have heard about this, but currently the Boston Red Sox don't have a manager for 2012. That fact has led to plenty of speculation, including a report in the Boston Globe on Sunday that Blue Jays manager John Farrell is the team's first choice to replace Terry Francona.

There is, of course, the small matter that Farrell is under contract with the Blue Jays. for two more years

"I have no idea and no comment on what's happening in Boston," Farrell wrote in an email to sportsnet.ca. "I am focused right now on preparing for what is best for the Blue Jays in 2012."

The Blue Jays have a standing policy of allowing its employees to talk to other teams at any time about other positions -- even lateral moves. The team also refuses to comment about such matters, so general manager Alex Anthopulos declined to comment about the Globe reports.

Farrell served as the Red Sox pitching coach from 2007 to 2010, so the Red Sox are familiar with him and the Globe report said he was always seen as the eventual successor to Francona in Boston, but he left after last season to take the Blue Jays job. He finished his first season as a manager 81-81, fourth in the American League East.

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ALCHYSOX
Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:02 pm
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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:37 am
 

Farrell says he's focused on Jays, not Red Sox

It makes no sense to me why Boston would want a manager who has yet to prove anything. Personally, I don't give a rat's ass if Farrell stays or goes. He's still learning the job and is really average at this point. He could absolutely become a better manager, but why would the Red Sox want him to make mistakes with their teams and their challenging environment where everything is under scrutiny? Same goes if the Cubs come calling, which has also been reported. 

I think in this case too, it makes the Jays look bad if he does leave for another team unless the compensation package is huge. It makes the Jays look like a small town team and they are not, despite the recent attendance woes. This is a team that had the highest payroll in baseball for the first half of the 90s and also had the highest attendance during that time. Personally, I think Farrell would be making a mistake if he does consider a move. The Jays have a lot of young talent, like the Rays a few years ago. New York and is getting older, Boston appears in turmoil, so 2012 could be a good year to make a statement. So if he stays here AND the Jays compete and do well, then his stock just goes up that much more.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:39 am
 

Farrell says he's focused on Jays, not Red Sox

ALCHYSOX

The answer is the Red Sox win more games year in and year out than the Blue Jays. Thus in the end your overall managerial record will be better managing the Red Sox than the Blue Jays. There's also the fact you become more well known managing a team like the Red Sox than a smaller market team than the Blue Jays.

Matter of fact most managers would rather manage the Red Sox than the Chicago White Sox. A lot in Chicago are bandwagoners who jump back and forth between the Cubs and White Sox where as Red Sox fans are die hard fans and the media gives more coverage to the Red Sox than even the White Sox. Matter of fact the only team to get more attention in the AL are the Yankees.  So yes overall the answer is because the Red Sox are proven winners and you become more well known managing the Red Sox than a team like the Blue Jays or Chicago White Sox.


ALCHYSOX
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