Re: John Farrell Update
posted at 10/18/2012 9:47 PM EDT
In response to smuldy84's comment:
CSNNE had this:
"But at least one Red Sox player -- who spoke to Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi on the condition of anonymity -- is impressed, at least with the quality of the field.
"Last year, there were a bunch of guys I didn't know or care about," he told Giardi, referring to the early part of the search when the Sox focused on a field of low-profile candidates (Dale Sveum, Sandy Alomar Jr., Pete Mackanin, etc.). "This year, when I saw the names, I was excited. These guys are well-respected."
(That great respect for Ausmus, Wallach and Pena, incidentally, is "unlike [how he felt about] the guy they hired last year", Bobby Valentine.)
"I can call any one of my friends on other teams and ask them about [Tim] Wallach or [Tony] Pena or [Brad] Ausmus, and they've got nothing but good things to say, or heard nothing but good things. How can you not like that, after last winter's [expletive]?"
But he's not as impressed with management's presumed favorite, current Blue Jays manager and former Sox pitching coach John Farrell.
"He's a hell of a pitching coach, but did you see Toronto play this year? They were as lost as we were.
"Losing [Jose Bautista] was like us losing David [Ortiz], but they didn't gut their team at the deadline (and still finished only four games ahead of the Sox). And what happened to their pitching staff? Isn't that [Farrell's] strength? He can't make 'em make the pitch, but isn't that the expectation here? Whatever." "
Make of that what you will. The last line is the fairest, he won't bring back 4mph of velocity lost by Jon Lester's body breaking down.
Jon Lester was throwing 95MPH at the end of the season...He hit 96 on the 2 occasions I saw him live this year. 4MPH? Unless your saying he was throwing 99-100 before this year, then Ok. 28 and breaking down? I get a big laugh everytime someone says that about Lester...Jeeez...What a crock...
And If Pedroia is your choice, then fine. But please spare us the talk as if its a fact. Its your opinion...