Farrell is right guy
After waving goodbye to
Enter Bobby Valentine, who presided over one of the worst seasons in franchise history. With Valentine ousted, all signs point again to Farrell.
Smart move. Farrell is the perfect choice to satisfy all factions in the dysfunctional Red Sox organization, providing Boston and Toronto can work out reasonable compensation.
He is said to be liked and respected by ownership and those in the baseball operations, and was popular during his stint as pitching coach.
Time for Martinez
Dave van Dyck
How about someone who is close to the players, friendly with the media, experienced and champing at the bit for a big league job? Oops. Terry Francona already has come and gone in Boston. But he would have been a perfect replacement. So now we're down to searching for the next Terry Francona.
The Red Sox seem determined to bring back John Farrell, and
Ausmus would do well
The Red Sox desperately want to hire Blue Jays manager John Farrell, Boston's old pitching coach. But the Blue Jays just wrapped their worst season in eight years, and to say Farrell is tight with some of the same players that launched a mutiny against Bobby Valentine might not be a plus.
Hail Orioles coach Hale
After seeing the way
So he has learned under Showalter, who lets no detail go unattended and has won everywhere he has been. In addition, Hale knows the players in Boston from his time under Francona. Some will say he's too connected to Francona and that the team wanted to go in a new direction. That didn't work. Remember, Francona won two World Series titles.
The Red Sox should embrace Hale's experience (he was a successful minor league manager) and having coached for winners, and make the hire.