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Pitching coach hired

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  October 16, 2006 03:20 PM

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The Red Sox today announced that John Farrell, Director of Player Development for the Cleveland Indians, has been appointed as the team’s major league pitching coach.

The Red Sox released the following details along with the announcement:

Farrell, 44, is expected to officially join the Boston organization on November 1. The former major league pitcher has served as the Indians Director of Player Development since November 2001. In that role, he has overseen all elements of the Tribe’s player development system, including the organization’s six minor league affiliates and the Latin American programs in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Farrell has also supervised the signing of all minor league free agents while assisting in major league player acquisitions.

With the Indians, Farrell has been instrumental in the development of such pitchers as Fernando Cabrera, Jason Davis, Jeremy Guthrie, Edward Mujica, Rafael Perez, and Jeremy Sowers.

Under Farrell’s tutelage the Indians were named “Organization of the Year” in consecutive seasons in 2003-04 by USA Today’s Sports Weekly and were named by Baseball America has having number one farm system in professional baseball in 2003.

Farrell was selected by Cleveland in the second round of the 1984 First Year Player Draft after an outstanding career at Oklahoma State University. The righthander was 36-46 with a 4.56 ERA in 116 major league games/109 starts with the Indians (1987-90; 1995), Angels (1993-94), and Tigers (1996). He was 14-10, 4.24 with seven complete games with Cleveland in 1989 but was hampered by injuries for the remainder of his playing career, missing the entire 1991 and 1992 seasons with right elbow problems.

After his retirement as an active player, Farrell spent five seasons from 1997-2001 as Assistant Coach/Pitching & Recruiting Coordinator at Oklahoma State University, completing his bachelor’s degree at OSU in 1996. With the Cowboys, Farrell instilled new disciplines and methods into the program and mentored 14 pitchers that were drafted or signed as non-drafted free agents at the professional level, including righthander Scott Williamson, who earned National League Rookie of the Year honors with Cincinnati in 1999.

Farrell and his wife, Sue, reside in Westlake, Ohio. The Farrells have three sons – Jeremy, Shane, and Luke. Jeremy is a sophomore infielder at the University of Virginia.

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