Enters his 5th season as Red Sox manager...Named the 46th manager in club history on 10/21/12...Is in his 2nd stint with the organization after serving as Boston's ML pitching coach for 4 years (2007-10). On 2/21/15, signed a contract extension through the 2017 season with a club option for 2018...The Red Sox exercised that 2018 option on 12/5/16. Enters the 2017 season ranked 9th on the Red Sox' all-time wins list (339) and only 7 wins shy of 500 in his ML managerial career (493). Also ranks 2nd all-time among Red Sox managers in postseason victories (11) and postseason games managed (19), trailing only Terry Francona (45 games, 28 wins) in both categories. 2 of Boston's 8 AL East titles have come under Farrell (2013, '16)...The Sox won 2 AL East crowns in the previous 22 seasons (1991-2012)...The only other manager to win 2 AL East titles with BOS is Joe Morgan (1988, '90). Named 2013 AL Manager of the Year by The Sporting News after leading BOS to the World Series title in his 1st season managing the club. As of the start of the 2017 season, joins COL's Bud Black as the only former ML pitchers actively managing in the big leagues...Is just the 3rd Sox manager who had a previous pro career as a pitcher...Joins Cy Young, who served as player/manager for the first 6 games of the 1907 season, and Joe Kerrigan, who skippered the final 43 games of 2001. Is 1 of 5 members from the 1988 Indians to go on to manage in the majors, along with Bud Black, Terry Francona, Charlie Manuel (hitting coach), and Ron Washington. Since the inception of Manager's Instant Replay Challenges in 2014, the Red Sox have had 58 of 132 calls overturned, 37 stand, and 38 confirmed. Has been ejected 16 times in his career as a ML manager, including 11 with BOS and 5 with TOR (was also ejected twice as BOS pitching coach).
Selected by CLE in the 2nd round of the 1984 June Draft...Right-hander pitched in 116 ML games (109 starts) over an 8-year career with the Indians (1987-90, 1995), Angels (1993-94), and Tigers (1996). Went 28-25 with 12 complete games and a 3.86 ERA (209 ER/487.1 IP) in 72 games (70 starts) over his first 3 big league seasons from 1987-89...Won a career-high 14 games in 1988 and had a 3.63 ERA (84 ER/208.0 IP) in 1989, when he made a career-high 31 starts. Hampered by injuries the remainder of his playing career...Missed entire 1991 and 1992 seasons with right elbow problems...Underwent Tommy John surgery in October 1990 (Dr. Jacobs) and again in September 1991 (Dr. Jobe). Was teammates with Chili Davis and Gary DiSarcina on the 1993-94 Angels...Was also teammates with Ruben Amaro Jr. in the Indians organization from 1994-95, playing together for Triple-A Charlotte (1994) and Triple-A Buffalo (1995), and appearing in 1 ML game together with CLE on 9/17/95 vs. BOS.
Full name is John Edward Farrell. Has 3 sons, all of whom are involved in baseball: Jeremy, an 8th-round selection by PIT in the 2008 June Draft, now works for the Cubs as a minor league hitting coach; Shane, a 2011 June Draft selection by TOR, also works for the Cubs as an area scout; and Luke, a right-handed pitcher, earned an invitation to ML Spring Training camp with the Royals in 2017 as a non-roster invitee...Has 2 grandsons, Kason and Kolby. Played 4 seasons of baseball at Oklahoma State University (1981-84)...Compiled an 11-2 mark with 2 saves and a 3.01 ERA his senior season, earning All Big-Eight Conference honors. Pitched for the Cape Cod Baseball League's Hyannis club in 1982. Graduated from Shore Regional (NJ) High School in 1980...Lettered in baseball and basketball.