Farrell already is well respected by his players. He earned their respect by working hard when he was here. And if he is going to help dig the Sox out of the hole they are in, he must work even harder than ever before.
Farrell, who was the Cleveland Indians director of player development before joining Boston (and therefore, has front office experience), must work carefully with general manager Ben Cherington and Cherington’s newly-appointed special assistant Jason Varitek to evaluate the pitching on the current roster and in the free agency/trade markets.
Those three men must work tirelessly together in the coming months.
Farrell has a lot to prove still as a manager. The 50-year-old posted only a 154-170 record in two years with the Blue Jays and veteran Toronto shortstop Omar Vizquel told the Toronto Sun late this past season that young Jays players were allowed to repeatedly make the same mistakes without being held acountable.
For the Red Sox’ sake, hopefully, there will be more clubhouse accountability now that Farrell is skipper than there has been over the past two years. Cherington certainly believes Farrell is the man to right the ship.
In other words: both Farrell and Cherington have a lot on the line. They will end up sailing or sinking together.