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Red Sox history is replete with examples of managers placing a little too much faith in veteran players during the postseason. Decisions were made that lost championships and cost men their jobs.
Into this cauldron steps John Farrell, who on Friday afternoon will manage the first playoff game of his career. Farrell led the rebuilt Red Sox to 97 wins and a worst-to-first season that could earn him Manager of the Year honors.
But when the time comes, can he be dispassionate?
History suggests Farrell will play the percentages and won’t be afraid to temporarily anger a player if he feels the team will benefit. He is not cold-blooded but he is calculating.