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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