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Blue Jays to announce John Farrell as new manager today

Oct 25, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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News broke over the weekend that the Blue Jays are hiring Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their new manager and an official announcement is expected to come at a press conference this afternoon. has been out in front reporting on the Blue Jays’ manager search and Rob Bradford confirmed the hiring by talking directly to Farrell himself.

Farrell, who has served as the Red Sox’s pitching coach since 2007 and before that worked as the Indians’ farm director, will take over for Cito Gaston beginning at 3:00 p.m. eastern time.

Andrew Stoeten of Drunk Jays Fans has a very nice run-down of various Farrell-related topics, including the fact that he has no managerial experience and pitching coaches in general are rarely hired as managers. Stoeten doesn’t seem very worried about either of those things and I tend to agree. Farrell is a good hire.

  1. BC - Oct 25, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Can anyone name a pitching coach that turned into a good manager? Seems like every one of them has bombed out. Ray Miller just sticks in my mind.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM

      Every rule always has an exception awaiting it.

    • fuggles7 - Oct 25, 2010 at 12:08 PM

      If I recall correctly Bud Black in San Diego was previously a pitching coach with no managerial experience??

      • dodger88 - Oct 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM

        True, was the Angel’s pitching coach before taking the reigns in SD.

        While he did not serve as a pitching coach to my knowledge, Tommy Lasorda was a pitcher in his playing days and went to a hall of fame managing career.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 25, 2010 at 4:20 PM

      Roger Craig comes to mind.

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