2012 Blue Jays: John Farrell

24 02 2013

In retrospect, the problem with John Farrell was obvious: he had never managed a baseball team before being given the Jays’ job in 2011. And it showed in the details. For one thing, he didn’t handle his pitching staff well. Rob Pettapiece’s blog describes Farrell’s misdeeds in detail, so I won’t repeat them here, but trust me: he could have done a better job than he did.

And it’s not the first time that the Jays turned to a veteran baseball man with no managerial experience only to be disappointed: Buck Martinez was handed the job out of the broadcast booth, but was not successful at it. Managing a major league team is difficult; it’s probably best to serve an apprenticeship in the minors first.

By the way, when asked about his expected reception when the Sox first visit Toronto next season, Farrell’s response was, “Looking forward to it.” So are we, big guy; so are we.

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