John Farrell (manager)

John Edward Farrell (born August 4, 1962) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, coach, and manager, who is currently a scout for the Cincinnati Reds and a FOX and ESPN baseball analyst.

During his playing career, Farrell was a member of the Cleveland Indians, California Angels, and Detroit Tigers. He served as pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox from 2007 to 2010, before leaving to be manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2011 to 2012. He returned to the Red Sox in 2013, winning the World Series with them in his first year as manager, and continued to manage the team until he was fired two days after losing the 2017 ALDS.

John Farrell
John Farrell in 2017 (36546350813)
Farrell with the Boston Red Sox
Pitcher / Manager
Born: August 4, 1962 (age 57)
Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 18, 1987, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
May 22, 1996, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record36–46
Earned run average4.56
Managerial record586–548
Winning %.517
As player

As manager

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Early life

Farrell grew up in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey.[1] His father, Tom, pitched in the Cleveland Indians farm system in the 1950s[2] until an injury ended his baseball career. Farrell was a star pitcher for Shore Regional High School and Oklahoma State, where he had a 20–6 record for his four-year career.[1]

Playing career

Upon graduating from high school in 1980, Farrell was drafted by the Oakland Athletics, but he did not sign.[3] Four years later, after graduating from college, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the second round of the 1984 Draft. He made his major league debut with the Indians on August 18, 1987,[4] playing for them until the 1990 season.

Farrell enjoyed success as part of the Cleveland starting rotation, but injuries to his right elbow caused him to miss the entire 1991 and 1992 seasons. He returned to action with the California Angels (1993–94), again with Cleveland (1995), and finished his career with the Detroit Tigers (1996).

Post-playing career

In 1997, Farrell joined his alma mater, Oklahoma State University, as assistant coach and pitching and recruiting coordinator. He remained with the college through 2001.

From November 2001 through the end of the 2006 season, Farrell served as the director of player development for the Cleveland Indians. In 2003 and 2004, the Indians were named MLB Organization of the Year by USA Today's Sports Weekly. In 2003, they were also named as having the top farm system in professional baseball by Baseball America.

Following the 2006 season, the Boston Red Sox hired Farrell as its new pitching coach, replacing Dave Wallace.[5] Farrell rejoined Red Sox manager Terry Francona, as they had been teammates together on the Indians.[6]

Toronto Blue Jays

During the 2010 off-season, Farrell was rumored to be one of four finalists for the job of manager of Toronto Blue Jays, along with Brian Butterfield, DeMarlo Hale, and Sandy Alomar Jr.[7] The Blue Jays held a press conference on October 25, 2010, formally introducing Farrell as the team's manager for the 2011 season.[8]

John Farrell 4-26-2012
Farrell, during his Blue Jays tenure

Farrell suffered a dislocated jaw while attempting to restrain pitcher Jon Rauch from going after umpire Alfonso Marquez,[9] during a game on July 2, 2011. Both Rauch and Farrell were ejected from the game.[10]

On August 25, 2011, during a home game against the Kansas City Royals, Farrell was forced to leave the dugout in the ninth inning due to a then unknown illness. He was later diagnosed with pneumonia at Mount Sinai Hospital, and was released from the hospital on August 26.[11]

He finished his stint as Toronto Blue Jays manager with a record of 154 wins and 170 losses.[12]

Boston Red Sox

On October 20, 2012, it was reported that Farrell had asked to be allowed to interview for the manager position with the Boston Red Sox. The next day the Blue Jays officially confirmed Farrell had accepted the manager position with Boston.[13] In the same transaction, Toronto sent pitcher David Carpenter to Boston in exchange for infielder Mike Avilés.[13] On October 22, 2013, Farrell was named Sporting News' 2013 AL Manager of the Year.[14] In 2013, Farrell became the fifth first-year Red Sox manager to win the American League pennant. The Red Sox subsequently went on to win the 2013 World Series, going from worst to first under Farrell in just a year's time. It was also the first time in 95 years that the Red Sox won the Series at home, the last time being the 1918 World Series. However, the team struggled during Farrell's second year as manager and subsequently finished last in their division. Farrell accepted responsibility for their poor performance and also attributed their problems to inconsistencies in their offense.[15]

Farrell's 2015 season was cut short in August when he was diagnosed with lymphoma and forced to seek treatment. By the time of his departure, the Red Sox's struggles were continuing and they again found themselves in last place in their division, where they ultimately finished for the second year in a row. Nevertheless, it was announced that Farrell would return as the Red Sox's manager in 2016.[16]

The 2016 season was a noted improvement for Farrell and the Red Sox, who finished at the top of their division and returned to the playoffs. However, the team would be swept in the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, led by their former manager Terry Francona, under whom Farrell had previously served.

The Red Sox again finished at the top of their division under Farrell in the 2017 season, but were also eliminated in the divisional round for a second consecutive year, this time against the Houston Astros. On October 11, 2017, the Red Sox announced Farrell's termination after serving five years as manager.[17]

Cincinnati Reds

In March 2018, the Reds announced that Farrell had joined their organization as a scout, his role to be "evaluating the club's system and also serving on special assignments".[18]

Managerial records

As of games played on October 9, 2017.
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
G W L Win % G W L Win %
Toronto Blue Jays 2011 2012 324 154 170 .475
Boston Red Sox 2013 2017 810 432 378 .533 23 12 11 .522
Total 1,134 586 548 .517 23 12 11 .522


In March 2018, it was announced that Farrell would join ESPN's Baseball Tonight as an analyst, in time for the start of the regular season.[19] He has also appeared as an analyst on Fox Major League Baseball during the 2019 season.[20]

Personal life

As of the 2019 baseball season, Farrell spends 10 days a month working as a minor league pitching scout for the Cincinnati Reds, and at other times works lobster fishing near Ipswich, Massachusetts, on his boat Seaweed.[21]

Farrell has three sons, all of whom were selected in the MLB Draft. Jeremy, an infielder, played college baseball at Virginia, then was in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system from 2008 through 2012, and in the Chicago White Sox system from 2013 through 2015.[22][23] Shane, a right-handed pitcher out of Marshall, was taken in the 46th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, and then worked for the Chicago Cubs in their baseball operations department.[24][25] His youngest, Luke, a Northwestern right-hander, was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the sixth round of the 2013 draft and has pitched in MLB for the Royals, Reds, and Cubs. Two of Farrell's sons are currently with the Cubs organization:[26] Shane is an area scout, Jeremy is a minor league infield coordinator.


  1. ^ a b Edelson, Stephen (November 6, 2013). "John Farrell's Shore mentors proud of Red Sox manager's World Series championship". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "Thomas Farrell Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  3. ^ 1980 Oakland Athletics Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
  4. ^ "Cleveland Indians 9, Milwaukee Brewers 8". Retrosheet. August 18, 1987.
  5. ^ "Red Sox appoint John Farrell major league pitching coach". (Press release). October 16, 2006.
  6. ^ Cafardo, Nick (October 17, 2006). "Red Sox hire Farrell to be pitching coach". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  7. ^ Miller, Mark J. (October 22, 2010). "Did Boston's Farrell win Jays job?". Archived from the original on October 25, 2010.
  8. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (October 25, 2010). "Blue Jays name Farrell new manager".
  9. ^ Calcaterra, Craig. "John Farrell had his jaw knocked out of place by Jon Rauch". Hardballtalk. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  10. ^ "Boxscore: Phillies 5, Blue Jays 3". Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  11. ^ "Jays' Farrell leaves game early, diagnosed with pneumonia". The Sports Network. August 26, 2011. Archived from the original on September 10, 2011.
  12. ^ a b "John Farrell". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Blue Jays complete deal with Red Sox". October 21, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  14. ^ Juckett, Ron (October 22, 2013). "John Farrell Named AL Manager of the Year". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013.
  15. ^ "Manager John Farrell takes share of blame for Red Sox season". Boston Globe. September 4, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  16. ^ "John Farrell to return as Red Sox manager in 2016". ESPN. October 4, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  17. ^ Browne, Ian (October 11, 2017). "Red Sox release manager John Farrell after five seasons". Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  18. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (March 14, 2018). "Farrell joins Reds as scout". Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  19. ^ "John Farrell joins ESPN's 'Baseball Tonight' cast". March 22, 2018. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  20. ^ Moore, Tamir (February 22, 2019). "2019 MLB on FS1 Schedule". Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  21. ^ Grossfeld, Stan (June 25, 2019). "John Farrell goes lobstering". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  22. ^ Shetler, Jason (April 6, 2013). "White Sox Sign Jeremy Farrell". Bucco Nation.
  23. ^ "Jeremy Farrell". Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  24. ^ Lott, John (June 8, 2011). "Jays Draft Sons of Manager, Bench Coach". National Post. Toronto.
  25. ^ Chicago Cubs (October 23, 2012). "Cubs Announce Baseball Operations Staff Structures". (Press release). New York City.
  26. ^ Sullivan, Paul (January 18, 2018). "John Farrell's family thriving in Cubs organization". Chicago Tribune.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dave Wallace
Boston Red Sox pitching coach
Succeeded by
Curt Young
Preceded by
Cito Gaston
Toronto Blue Jays Manager
Succeeded by
John Gibbons
Preceded by
Bobby Valentine
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Alex Cora
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