Red Sox Pitchers And Catchers Open Spring Training With First Official Workout

February 21, 2015 2:58 PM
Red Sox Pitchers And Catchers Open Spring Training With First Official Workout
" FORT MYERS, Fla. (CBS) — Red Sox pitchers and catchers took the field Saturday for their first official workout of the spring here under sunny skies in Fort Myers.

The big story of the day was the Red Sox signing manager John Farrell to a two-year contract extension with an option for a third. With the new deal, Farrell is under contract through at least the 2017 season.

Ben Cherington told the assembled media that there’s a lot more than decision-making in innings 1-9 that come with the Boston managerial job, and Farrell does it all well.

Here’s some thoughts and observations from Day One:

— Farrell has done a solid job in his two years of work in the Sox dugout. He pushed a lot of the right buttons in 2013 — sticking with Stephen Drew for his defense, riding a hot bullpen, switching to David Ross, etc. Yes, you can second guess some of the decisions he made, but they won a World Series. As for last year? Injuries and youth did him and the team in. And, a last place finish doesn’t really matter "

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