The Blue Jays announced today that John Farrell will succeed Cito Gaston as manager of the club. At age 48, he becomes the 12th manager in Blue Jays history. The job is his first managerial position as well as his first experience with the Blue Jays organization.
Farrell has been the pitching coach for the Red Sox since 2007, during which time he oversaw the blossoming of Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz into dependable starting pitchers. Such experience likely weighed heavily in Farrell's favor as Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos decided who would take the reins of the club. With young starters like Kyle Drabek, Brett Cecil, Marc Rzepczynski, Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero vying for places in the rotation, Toronto is counting on his deft touch managing their young arms to yield similar dividends.
The skill may have been the product of his previous baseball position as Cleveland's Director of Player Development from late 2001 until the Red Sox hired him. Farrell pitched in the majors from 1987 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. He pitched just under 700 innings for the Angels, Indians and Tigers making 109 starts with middling peripherals and a slightly below average ERA.
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The Toronto Blue Jays announce that John Farrell has been appointed the Club's 12th manager in its history succeeding Cito Gaston.
Farrell, 48, comes to Toronto with an extensive background in baseball, most recently serving as the Boston Red Sox pitching coach for the last four seasons. The Monmouth Beach, New Jersey native guided the Red Sox staff to an ERA title in 2007 and overall the club posted a 4.25 ERA in his four seasons to rank 5th in the AL. While with the Red Sox, was selected as the 2009 recipient of the Red Sox Good Guy Award as voted by the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA.
The former Major League pitcher served as the Indians Director of Player Development from November 2001 through the 2006 season, overseeing all elements of the Indians player development system, including the organization's Latin American programs in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Farrell also supervised the signing of all minor league free agents while assisting in Major League player acquisitions. Subsequently the Indians were named "Organization of the Year" in 2003 & 2004 by USA Today's Sports Weekly and were also ranked the number one farm system in professional baseball in 2003 by Baseball America.
Following his playing career, Farrell spent five seasons (1997-2001) with Oklahoma State University as an Assistant Coach/Pitching and Recruiting Coordinator after completing his Bachelor's Degree in 1996. A second round pick by Cleveland in 1984, the right-hander spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues, posting a 36-46 record with a 4.56 ERA in 116 games, including 109 starts.
Source: Toronto Blue Jays
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