We officially have our new manager, and this shouldn’t be a surprise either. It’s John Farrell! Honestly, it was supposed to be John Farrell all along, but last year he had two years left on his contract and the Jays instituted that rule that their employees couldn’t make lateral moves to other clubs. Now, he already managed the Jays for two years and had one year left on his contract so we’ll have to compensate the Jays; look for Mike Aviles and Adam Lind to be included in the deal. There isn’t much to say by way of introduction because we already know him. Over the last two years, Toronto’s record has been 154-170. Obviously that’s not great. But if the whole Bobby Valentine fiasco taught us something, it’s the value of the intangible factors that come into play when one is managing. Farrell has been with us through plenty of good, bad, and ugly, and if we can’t have Terry Francona, then Farrell is probably the next-best thing. Obviously he has a ridiculous amount of work to do, but I believe that he can take the first step down the long road of recovery that’s facing us right now. It won’t be easy, and it won’t be quick either. It’s not going to happen overnight. But it’ll be that much better with the right man on board. Welcome back!
Unfortunately, Dave Magadan was lured away by the Rangers; he’s now their hitting coach.
Speaking of the Yankees, the Tigers swept them right out of October. That was pretty sweet. It still hurts that we weren’t the ones doing the sweeping, but at least somebody did it.
In other news, the Pats experienced another nailbiter loss, this one to the Seahawks, 24-23.