John Farrell Named New Red Sox Manager

October 21, 2012 6:40 AM
John Farrell Named New Red Sox Manager
" BOSTON (AP) —When John Farrell is announced as the new manager of the Boston Red Sox, he will take over a last-place team reeling from 13 months of player revolt.

He has Bobby Valentine to thank for that.

Valentine didn’t accomplish much in his 10 months as Red Sox manager, but he certainly made it easier for his successor. Instead of taking over for two-time World Series champion Terry Francona, Farrell inherits a team with nowhere to go but up.

“I have empathy for what’s going on (in Boston) because we’ve dealt with probably an equal number of injuries to marquee players, to a rotation,” Farrell said in September when he visited Fenway Park with Toronto as manager of the Blue Jays. “And, as a result, you have to always deal with change.”

Farrell became the change in both clubhouses on Saturday night when he decided to leave Toronto and agreed to a three-year deal to take over in Boston "

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