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  • October 22nd, 2012

    October 22, 2012:
    Welcome Back John Farrell!

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:53 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Well, despite interviewing 4 very qualified candidates for skipper of the Boston Red Sox, for the first time in a very long while, the Sox have made an actual good move–going after and signing John Farrell to be their new Manager, and with a three-year deal to boot.

    So, like the pointless and badly acted 3rd Halloween (Season of the Witch) and the just BAD 2nd Highlander, we can pretend the 2012 Season and Bobby Valentine, never happened. All in favor? Great….

    Probably Farrell’s greatest advantage is his familiarly with the organization, and a number of the players. And even when he was the pitching coach, he still maintained a good relationship with the position players, and had earned their respect. And you KNOW he won’t take any bullsh*t from anyone, and he scares the crap out of That Clay Person—so it’s all good.

    He weighs in on his return: “I’m extremely excited to be returning to the Red Sox and to Boston. I love this organization. It’s a great franchise in a special city and region, with great fans, and we want nothing more than to reward their faith in us.”

    My only concern is that he didn’t have a ton of success managing the Blue Jays, and leaves there after 2 seasons with a 154-170 record. Of course, another former manager came to the Sox with a losing record–you may remember him: Terry Francona…

    And it will be interesting to see how his coaching staff plays out. While bench coach Tim Bogar and bullpen guru Gary Tuck will more than likely staying, hitting Coach Dave Magadan has been hired as the Rangers hitting coach, after 6 years with the Sox…

    But, as part of the “compensation package” for John Farrell, Red Sox nation says goodbye to shortstop Mike Aviles. But MLB rules do not allow a manager to be traded for a player. So the Sox get oh so crappy right hander David Carpenter (1-5 with one save and a 5.70 ERA in 67 career outings, all in relief)from the Blue Jays as part of the “trade” Great, just what the Sox need, another crappy reliever…

    There is a new draft pick compensation procedure in place this year, as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. And boy is it strange. Apparently, teams must make a “qualifying offer” of $13.3 million for 1 year–No more, no less on dollars or time. Where does 13.3 million come from? It’s the current average of the top 125 highest salaries in baseball. This must be tendered within 5 days of the end of the World Series, and the player has 7 days to respond. Holy Buckets! Could we GET any more convoluted?

    And while I already crowed about hits on Boston Red Thoughts Facebook page, and on Twitter, I HAVE to say something about this: HOW BOUT THEM SKANKEES????? Hahahahahahaha…and the fact that A-Fraud completely tanked is the best (in 25 postseason at bats–he struck out TWELVE TIMES!), because I was actually verbally abused by a Skankee fan at the beginning of the year when I dared to say that I thought A-Rod’s best years were behind him…I think the Skanks should banish his to Siberia (or, in the baseball world, Miami) and let him live out his days in NL obscurity, struggling for relevance….

    And can I just say the outpouring of sympathy and “get well soon” for Jeter has jumped the line to extreme. Superstar players get hurt very day, but almost every sport-oriented (except the Sox, natch) website on Facebook was all “Send Jeter your best wishes” “and “tell Derek you hope he feels better real soon” UGH…SPARE ME…

    Coming up: Game 7 of the NLCS–The Giants and the Cardinals, for all the marbles. And whoever wins plays the Tigers starting Wednesday…1st pitch: 8:00PM tonight, on FOX

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