John Farrell Gets Jobbed
So the voting for the American League manager of the year is over, and it turns out that baseball writers from across the country believe former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona had a better season than current Sox Manager John Farrell. I beg to differ.Where do i begin? Let’s clarify, i think Francona’s Indians had a remarkable season. They had a 24 win turnaround from 2012 only bested by Boston’s 28 win turnaround. But, (and it’s a big but sir mix a lot) they got to play in the American League’s worst division all season long, the Central. The White Sox and Twins were the dumb and dumber of the AL and might as well have been out of contention after the first pitch of the first game. The Indians spent much of 2013 getting healthy and staying healthy playing two divisional foes that would have been cellar dwellers in almost every division in baseball.
Meanwhile in an alternate universe, the Red Sox procured their 28 win turnaround on the backs of bearded, bellied baseball junkies. The American League East was arguably baseball’s best division in 2013, boasting 4 teams in playoff contention until September’s final two weeks. John Farrell was credited repeatedly by clubhouse leaders David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia for taking the clubhouse culture and giving it a 180, allowing the players to enjoy just playing and thus leaving plenty of wiggle room for winning. The tired argument against any large market manager is they get more expensive players to play with. In this case, the Red Sox made a worst to first miracle season happen with dirt dogs and not league MVP’s and because of that, Farrell should have walked away with the manager of the year award. Sorry Tito, no hard feelings.