5 Reasons the Red Sox Will Immediately Be Back in the Mix Under John Farrell
The Red Sox also have agreed on a three-year contract for the skipper, according to Boston.com, that will hopefully put the Red Sox back into the mix on Opening Day. He will be introduced either Monday or Tuesday.
With this new manager at the helm, the Red Sox will now be able to play at full capacity and the fans need to realize that he is the perfect fit for this team in 2013.
Farrell Is Respected by the Players
Dustin Pedroia and the rest of the squad that was here when John Farrell was the pitching coach from 2007 to 2010 really respected him for his knowledge and passion of the game of baseball.
Most of the players did not respect Bobby Valentine and hated playing for him the final two months of the season—as anyone can tell with their horrible record and, while some players tried to play their hearts out, they were shipped off or got injured.
The Pitching Staff Will Return to Normal
That will happen again in 2012 because Farrell can be both the manager and the pitching coach no problem.
Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz both had down seasons and Farrell knows exactly how to talk to them to get them to perform. Also, Farrell can help command Jarrod Saltalamacchia on how to be the leader on the field as he catches a game.
Ownership Will Allow Him to Be Himself
This is Ben Cherington's guy and Larry Lucchino, John Henry and Tom Werner all back his decision.
Lucchino was really the guy who pushed for Bobby V, but also did not allow Valentine to be himself out on the field. Lucchino took away Valentine's power before he could even get any trust in the dugout or clubhouse.
Farrell is known by the upper management and that already puts him in the right place in Red Sox Nation.
Farrell's Blue Jays Experience Doesn't Matter
Don't get me wrong, John Farrell's two years in Toronto helped him appreciate being a manager, but his record is no indication of what he will do in Boston.
Just because he had two losing seasons doesn't mean he can't succeed.
Also, it seemed as if the players quit on him during the end of the 2012 season, but that's because the GM did not back him, which made the players not trust him.
Mike Aviles Won't Be Clogging Up Shortstop
Mike Aviles was the only player sent to Toronto for John Farrell, and that frees up the shortstop position for someone like Jose Iglesias or Xander Bogaerts in a couple of seasons.
Aviles did perform well in Boston in 2012, but got less and less playing time in August and September when the Red Sox played both Iglesias and Pedro Ciriaco.
This type of move could mean the Red Sox trust Iglesias as the future shortstop, or it could mean they just wanted to free up the shortstop position since Aviles would have been gone after this year anyway.