Re: Anti-Boston Sentiment Robs Farrell of Manager of the Year
posted at 11/13/2013 1:17 PM EST
If Farrell was so terrific , why didn't he win with Toronto?
The answer is he had the HORSES in Boston. Just as Francona had the HORSES in 2004.
Manager of the year is a dumb award, but I suppose it is something they feel obligated to do.
Players win games, managers make decisions. Sometimes a bad decision is forgotten because of a bad play by the opposition.....EXAMPLE: Farrell puts in Victornio with the bases loaded instead of Napoli....maybe Napoli hits a grand slam, maybe he strikes out. Victornio gets hit by a pitch ....the tying run scores on a HBP. Farrell is therefore a genius.
I think Francona gets the nod because of this lineup with Cleveland:
C- Yan Gomes...who?
CF- Michael Bourn
Rotation- Justin Matserson,Ubaldo Jimenez, Scott Kazmir, Corey Kluber, Zach McCallister.
Bullpen with a cast of no names.
If you told me this team would be in the pennant race and win a Wild Card spot....I would've called you crazy.
If you told me that Farrell would get the Red Sox to first place , I'd say....it's possible, even though I wasn't really expecting it.
Boston payroll $157,594, 786 (4th from the top)
Cleveland payroll $82,517,300 (only 9 teams with smaller).