Re: Red Sox Hire Farrell
posted at 10/21/2012 6:52 AM EDT
In response to RichBoston's comment:
Historically, pitching coaches make the worst managers and catchers make the best. Brad Ausmus was my man. Young, bright, hardworking...perfect choice for a rebuilding team. Farrell would have been a better choice if the Sox were further along in their rebuilding efforts. Nonetheless, Farrell is a good guy, also bright and hard working and knows the town, the organization, the owners, the fans and what it is like here. There is definitely a value to all that. From the ownership perspective he is a safe hire. Unlike the moronic Bobby V hire, even if Farrell puts together a team with the record of his Blue Jays (which he likely will) the owners won't be criticized. Not the worst hire but not the best either...
I agree, but it's worth noting 2 things:
1) Ausmus was viewed as a very 'low key" guy. I think we can all agree this team needs someone to take charge.
2) While Farrell was in Boston, he was very much a "no nonsense" guy. I don't know how or why, but he lost that team in Toronto. Maybe someone trying to lay some rules down, who they didn't know or respect, was as bad a choice as bringing Valentine here. Players in Boston DO respect Farrell, so I think they will respond to him better than Valentine, and better than Toronto did to Farrell. But, we shall find out with the rest of the world, when the games begin. Hopefully they are only baseball games, and not the childish nonsense we all suffered through.