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John Farrell likely to be named Blue Jays’ next manager

Oct 21, 2010, 7:24 PM EDT

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Peter Gammons, now working for the MLB Network, MLB.com and NESN, heard from three MLB general managers Thursday that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is going to be named the Blue Jays’ next skipper.

Legendary Toronto manager Cito Gaston stepped down at the end of the 2010 season and the Jays went on an extensive search for his replacement.

A variety of candidates were interviewed, including Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and the Blue Jays’ own third base coach Brian Butterfield.  ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine was even linked to the opening for a time.

So why Farrell?

Well, he’s been a member of Boston’s coaching staff since 2006 and was the Indians’ Director of Player Development when Cleveland was named “Organization of the Year” by Baseball America in 2003 and 2004.  The experience is there, especially in the ever-tough American League East, and Farrell has been a part of winning clubs for most of his non-playing career.  The Blue Jays will never have the kind of payroll that Farrell worked with in Boston, but Toronto does have several young aces-in-the-making.

An official announcement should come sometime before or after the World Series.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    I still do not know why the Boston media claims to knows who will be the next Toronto manager, while the Toronto media thinks that a decision has not been made and names other candidates who are not on the list coming out of Boston. Is Theo Epstein the “source” behind this supposed news?

    • Ace - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:48 PM

      Toronto is always lagging just behind Boston. You should be used to this by now.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 22, 2010 at 7:32 AM

        Sure enough! By the way John Hancock Insurance is owned by Manulife, a Toronto company. In case you are wondering what the TD in TD Boston Garden stands for it is the initials of the Toronto Dominion Bank.

    • JBerardi - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:53 PM

      Do you understand who Peter Gammons is?

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 22, 2010 at 7:28 AM

        Of course I know who Pete Gammons is. He lives in Boston and used to work for the Boston Globe.

      • JBerardi - Oct 22, 2010 at 12:10 PM

        Yeah, he’s also spent much of his career as a national guy, and is known to be extremely well connected and a reliable source of information. He’s THE baseball reporter of at least the last two decades, not just some “Boston media” stooge.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 22, 2010 at 4:30 PM

        Nobody called Gammons a Boston Medis stooge. All I said is that he is based in Boston. He seem to have claimed that 3 GM’s told him that Farrell had the job. Not one of those GM’s was Alex Anthopoulos. Anthopoulos is notorious for telling the media nothing before he makes an important decision. It is not a done deal at all. No final decision has been made according to Anthopoulos.

  2. rabiague1986 - Oct 21, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    With free agency only 5 days after the world series why the wait to announce managers and gms. Not like Pittsburgh or New York announcing a manager is going to distract me from the playoffs. Toronto has a lot of young talent the next manager could be inheriting a gold mine.

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 22, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    In my morning newspaper, the President of the Jays is quoted as saying that no decision has been made. On the website of the best selling Toronto newspaper, the GM of the Jays is quoted as saying that no decision has been made. Obviously Farrell interviewed well, but there are still other candidates in the mix.

  4. proudlycanadian - Oct 22, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Gammons is now backing off from his previous story. He now says that the Jays are also considering a Boston coach named De Marlo Hale. In other words, the Boston based media really does not know what the Jays will do. The GM of the Jays still says that a final decision has not been made.

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