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BOSTON - MAY 29: Hideki Okajima #37 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by pitching coach John Farrell #52 after they defeated the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park May 29, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Indians 4-2. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Just weeks after letting Stamford native Bobby Valentine go, former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell has been named the team’s manager and a news conference was held at noon to introduce him.
Farrell, 50, is a familiar name to Red Sox Nation because he was the Red Sox pitching coach from 2007, a season in which the Sox won the World Series, to 2010.
He has been coaching the Toronto Blue Jays, but reached a deal with the Sox on Saturday night and has a three-year contract with Boston.
“We are extremely happy to have John Farrell back in our organization,” Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry said in a statement. “Ben Cherington and John will form a very strong partnership in leading this club back to where it needs to be. John knows our club and division well. His baseball knowledge is unsurpassed and his background is diverse and rich. John is an articulate leader who has always had the respect of everyone who dealt with him at the Boston Red Sox.”
“Ben Cherington led a thoughtful, thorough, and detailed process,” Chairman Tom Werner. said “We examined some excellent candidates, any one of whom will be a good manager. With John Farrell, we have someone with a great track record in our organization, someone who has great relationships in our organization. We believe he will play a key role in restoring our club to the levels of success we have enjoyed over the past decade. We are elated to have him back.”
“John Farrell has so many attributes that we admire,” said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. “He gets it. He is a most impressive interview—open, honest, and articulate. We did not know if we could pry him loose from the Blue Jays, but discussions were amicable, and we were able to hammer out an agreement with them and with him, and now we are eager to continue our efforts to construct this club for next season and beyond.”
Lucchino said Farrell will "hit the ground running."