John Farrell (manager)
Farrell in 2013
|Boston Red Sox – No. 53|
|Pitcher / Manager|
August 4, 1962 |
Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|August 18, 1987 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 22, 1996 for the Detroit Tigers|
(through July 22, 2014)
|Earned run average||4.56|
|Career highlights and awards|
John Edward Farrell (born August 4, 1962) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and the current manager of the Boston Red Sox. Farrell served as the Red Sox pitching coach from 2007 to 2010, before leaving to be manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2011 to 2012. He returned to the Red Sox in 2013 and led them to a World Series title.
Farrell grew up in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey. His father Tom pitched in the Cleveland Indians farm system in the 1950s until an injury ended his baseball career. John Farrell was a star pitcher for Shore Regional High School and Oklahoma State, where he had a 20-6 record one season.
Upon graduating from high school in 1980, Farrell was drafted by the Oakland Athletics, but he did not sign. Four years later, after graduating from college, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the second round of the 1984 Draft. He made his major league debut with the Indians on August 18, 1987, playing for them until the 1990 season.
Farrell enjoyed success as part of the Cleveland starting rotation, but injuries to his right elbow caused him to miss the entire 1991 and 1992 seasons. He returned to action with the California Angels (1993–1994), again with Cleveland (1995), and finished his career with the Detroit Tigers (1996).
In 1997, Farrell joined his alma mater Oklahoma State University as assistant coach and pitching and recruiting coordinator. He remained with the college through 2001.
From November 2001 through the end of the 2006 season, Farrell served as the director of player development for the Cleveland Indians. In 2003 and 2004, the Indians were named MLB Organization of the Year by USA Today's Sports Weekly. In 2003, it was also named as having the top farm system in professional baseball by Baseball America.
Following the 2006 season, the Boston Red Sox hired Farrell as its new pitching coach, replacing Dave Wallace. Farrell rejoined Red Sox manager Terry Francona, as they had been teammates together on the Indians.
Toronto Blue Jays
During the 2010 off-season, Farrell was rumoured to be one of four finalists for the job of manager of Toronto Blue Jays, along with Brian Butterfield, DeMarlo Hale, and Sandy Alomar, Jr.  The Blue Jays held a press conference on October 25, 2010, formally introducing Farrell as the team's manager for the 2011 season.
Farrell suffered a dislocated jaw while attempting to restrain pitcher Jon Rauch from going after umpire Alfonso Marquez, during a game on July 2, 2011. Both Rauch and Farrell were ejected from the game.
On August 25, 2011, during a home game against the Kansas City Royals, Farrell was forced to leave the dugout in the ninth inning due to a then unknown illness. He was later diagnosed with pneumonia at Mount Sinai Hospital, and was released from the hospital on August 26.
Boston Red Sox
On October 20, 2012, it was reported that Farrell had asked to be allowed to interview for the manager position with the Boston Red Sox. The next day the Blue Jays officially confirmed Farrell had accepted the manager position with Boston. In the same transaction, Toronto sent pitcher David Carpenter to Boston in exchange for infielder Mike Avilés. On October 22, 2013, Farrell was named Sporting News' 2013 AL Manager of the Year. In 2013, Farrell became the fifth first year Red Sox manager to win the A.L. pennant. The Boston Red Sox subsequently went on to win the 2013 World Series, going from worst to first under Farrell in just a year's time. It was also the first time in 95 years that the Red Sox won the Series at home, the last time being the 1918 World Series.
John Farrell and his wife Sue have three sons, all of whom were selected in the MLB Draft. Jeremy, an infielder, went to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008 in the eighth round after playing at Virginia. He now plays in the Chicago White Sox minor league system. Shane, a right-handed pitcher out of Marshall, was taken in the 46th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, and now works for the Chicago Cubs in their baseball operations department. Finally, their youngest, Luke, a Northwestern right-hander, was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the sixth round of the 2013 draft.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|TOR||2011||81||81||.500||4th in AL East||–||–||–||–|
|TOR||2012||73||89||.451||4th in AL East||–||–||–||–|
|BOS||2013||97||65||.599||1st in AL East||11||5||.688||Won World Series|
|BOS||2014||38||45||.458||4th in AL East||–||–||–||–|
- Edelson, Stephen (November 6, 2013). "John Farrell's Shore mentors proud of Red Sox manager's World Series championship". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 2013-11-07.
- 1980 Oakland Athletics Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft Baseball-Reference.com
- Cafardo, Nick (October 17, 2006). "Red Sox hire Farrell to be pitching coach". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
- Did Boston's Farrell win Jays job? Yahoo! sports
- Blue Jays name Farrell new manager MLB.com
- Calcaterra, Craig. "John Farrell had his jaw knocked out of place by Jon Rauch". Hardballtalk. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- "Boxscore: Phillies 5, Blue Jays 3". MLB.com. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- Jays' Farrell leaves game early, diagnosed with pneumonia
- "Blue Jays complete deal with Red Sox". Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- "John Farrell Named AL Manager of the Year".
- "Red Sox party like it's 1918 at Fenway Park". Guardian UK. October 31, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- Boston Globe – Royals select Luke Farrell in sixth round
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Boston Red Sox press release: Red Sox appoint John Farrell major league pitching coach MLB.com
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