With ESPN Boston breaking the news Saturday night that the Boston Red Sox have hired former pitching coach John Farrell to be their manager for 2013 and beyond, the immediate question becomes just how this move immediately benefits the team.
Especially since they gave up a valuable piece in veteran Mike Aviles as compensation for Farrell’s services, the Sox will want to see an immediate return on this investment.
Fortunately, Farrell has a history of success with both pitchers in general and many individual players on Boston's roster. His previous stint with the Red Sox saw many of the team’s pitchers post career-best numbers, and while we can’t directly link the two, it seems that Farrell certainly had a strong impact on many players at the very least.
After the Bobby Valentine disaster in 2012, it’s likely that the entire team would respond positively to pretty much any new voice; Farrell, though, represents a trusted member of the organization that both the front office and on-field personnel are all comfortable with.
This level of familiarity will help all parties, with some players seeing particularly strong results. Here are five guys Sox fans can expect to be reborn under Farrell.