Farrell proves perfect fit as Red Sox manager
By Larry Fine
BOSTON (Reuters) - Presiding over a Boston Red Sox team that bubbles over with characters and charisma is a strong, quiet baseball lifer who fits the manager's job like a glove - John Farrell.
Besides handling a wide assortment of personalities, baseball is also a game of constant on-field adjustments between pitchers, hitters and fielders.
Farrell passed all the tests with flying colors in his first season at the helm in Boston, his rock-solid stability and know-how helping to put the club on track over the marathon season.
It added up to a sensational turnaround year for the Red Sox, who improved from 69-93 to 97-65 and earned a trip to the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
"John, since day one, gives us a lot of confidence," Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said after clinching the American League Championship Series over the Detroit Tigers.
"He wasn't trying to be a boss, he was trying to be a dad. He babysit all of us. He take a bullet for all of us. He let us know since day one that he got our back."
Ortiz's ringing endorsement was a major change from tensions between the players and combative manager Bobby Valentine during a 2011 season that was Boston's worst in 47 years.
Farrell, a former major league pitcher and former pitching coach for the Red Sox, was brought back to Boston through a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, where Farrell had been given his first managerial job. Continued...