John Farrell, Red Sox: The high drama and hijinks of Bobby Valentine’s tenure will not be part of the Red Sox’ equation in 2013. Former Boston pitching coach John Farrell is making his return to Boston as the team’s manager after two unimpressive years at the helm of the Toronto Blue Jays. Farrell is a bedrock of confidence in believing this team as constituted can challenge for a postseason spot this season.
Joe Girardi, Yankees: The 48-year-old Girardi is entering his sixth season as skipper of the Bronx Bombers, with a 2009 World Series title on his resume. Girardi, who played 15 seasons in the major leagues as a catcher, can have a tendency to overanalyze batter-pitcher matchups and be overly loyal to his relievers.
The edge: Yankees. Experience counts. And a winning experience counts even more.