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  • Enters his 4th season as Red Sox manager...Is in his 2nd stint with the organization after serving as Boston's ML pitching coach for 4 years (2007-10).
  • Named the 46th manager in club history on 10/21/12. On 2/21/15, signed a contract extension through the 2017 season with a club option for 2018.
  • Announced that he was diagnosed with stage 1 non-Hodgkin's Burkitt lymphoma on 8/14/15 and took medical leave from the club...Bench coach Torey Lovullo served as interim manager for remainder of season. Red Sox announced on 10/4/15 that he would return to his role as manager for 2016.
  • Announced on 10/22/15 that post-treatment testing revealed his cancer was in remission.
  • As of the start of the 2016 season, is the only former ML pitcher actively managing in the big leagues.
  • 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.
  • Earned his 200th career win as Red Sox manager on 6/24/15 vs. BAL...Credited with the 400th win of his MLB managerial career in the Sox' victory on 9/30/15 at NYY.
  • Since its inception in 2014, has initiated 86 Manager's Instant Replay Challenges...Has had 38 calls overturned (44%), 23 stand, and 25 confirmed (includes Torey Lovullo's challenges from 8/14/15-season's end).
  • Has been ejected 13 times in his career as a ML manager, including 8 with BOS and 5 with TOR (was also ejected twice as BOS pitching coach).
  • Had 51 players appear in a game in 2015...Club had 25 position players and 26 pitchers see game action, including 14 rookies (9 pitchers)...Also had 9 players make their ML debut.
  • Earned his 100th regular-season win as Red Sox manager on 4/7/14 vs. TEX in his 169th game...Is the 5th-fastest skipper in club history to reach that number of wins.
  • The Red Sox' victory on 8/1/14 vs. NYY marked the 300th win of his MLB managerial career. Managed the 2014 American League All-Star team in its 5-3 win over the NL on 7/15 at MIN's Target Field.
  • Was manager of the MLB All-Star team for the All-Star Series 2014 in Japan (November 2014)...Was selected by MLB to replace former TEX manager Ron Washington on 9/25.
  • Finished 2nd in 2013 American League Manager of the Year voting with a total of 96 points behind CLE's Terry Francona (112 points)...Received 12 first-place votes, 10 second-place votes, and 6 third-place votes.
  • Named 2013 AL Manager of the Year by The Sporting News, and MLB Manager of the Year by the Boston chapter of the BBWAA.
  • Led the 2013 Red Sox to a 97-65 record (.599)-tied for tops in the majors with St. Louis-as well as the AL East Division championship and the 2013 World Series title.
  • Became just the 2nd Red Sox manager to lead Boston to at least a share of MLB's best record in his 1st year at the helm, along with Jake Stahl in 1912...Is the 4th Sox manager to bring home the AL's best record in his 1st season with the club, along with Stahl, Ed Barrow in 1918, and Dick Williams in 1967...97 wins trailed only Stahl (105, 1912) and Francona (98, 2004) for the most under a 1st-year Sox manager.
  • Among managers spending a full season in their 1st year at the helm with a team, became the 1st to take a share of the top major league record since Bill Virdon with the Pirates in 1972 (Elias).
  • Was just the 7th manager to lead the Red Sox to the postseason in his 1st year at the helm, joining Jake Stahl (1912), Ed Barrow (1918), Dick Williams (1967), Joe Morgan (1988), Kevin Kennedy (1995), and Terry Francona (2004)...Was the 4th to advance and win the World Series along with Stahl, Barrow, and Francona.
  • With an 8-2 victory on 4/1/13 at Yankee Stadium, became the 1st Red Sox skipper to win his managerial debut on Opening Day since Jimy Williams in 1997.
  • Guided BOS to a 60-40 mark in its 1st 100 games of the 2013 season, just the 2nd manager in the last 60 years to win at least 60 of his 1st 100 decisions at the helm of the Red Sox, joining Kevin Kennedy (61-39 in 1995) (Elias).
  • 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. 
  • Acquired from the Blue Jays on 10/21/12 and agreed to a 3-year contract through 2015...As compensation to TOR, to whom he had been under contract through 2013, the Red Sox sent SS Mike Aviles and received in return RHP David Carpenter...Became the 7th manager in ML history acquired by a club while under contract to another.
  • Named as the 12th manager in the Blue Jays' history on 10/25/10...Under his guidance, TOR finished 81-81 (.500) in 2011 and 73-89 (.451) in 2012.
  • While at the helm, TOR stole 131 bases in 2011 and 123 in 2012, its highest marks in 10 years (since the club's 123 in 2002)...The 2-year total, 254, marks the 4th most in the American League during that span.
  • His 2011 Blue Jays club went 11-0 in extra-inning games at home...They became the 1st team to win at least 10 extra-inning games at home without a loss since 1901.
  • Selected as a coach on the 2011 All-Star team by American League skipper Ron Washington.
  • During his tenure as Red Sox pitching coach from 2007-10, the staff held opponents to an AL-low .254 AVG, led the league in strikeouts (4,771), and posted the 3rd-best ERA in the AL at 4.11 (2,637 ER/5,778.1 IP)...The Sox reached the postseason in each of his first 3 seasons in BOS and won a World Series Championship in 2007.
  • Under his tutelage, both Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester were named All-Stars in 2010.
  • The Red Sox led the AL in strikeouts twice while he was guiding the staff, with 1,185 in 2008 and 1,207 in 2010... The club's 1,230 strikeouts in 2009 ranked 2nd in the AL, the 2nd-highest single-season total in franchise history.
  • In his 1st year as BOS's pitching coach in 2007, Sox hurlers led the American League with a 3.87 ERA (618 ER/1,438.2 IP), 2nd in the majors only to the Padres' 3.70 mark.
  • Spent 5 years as Director of Player Development for the Indians from November 2001-November 2006...In that role, oversaw all elements of the club's player development system, including the organization's 6 minor league affiliates and the Latin American programs in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic...Also supervised the signing of all minor league free agents while assisting in major league player acquisitions.
  • On his watch, CLE earned "Organization of the Year" honors in 2003 and 2004 from USA Today's Sports Weekly and was named by Baseball America as the top farm system in 2003.
  • Served as assistant coach/pitching & recruiting coordinator at his alma mater Oklahoma State University for 5 seasons from 1997-2001...With the Cowboys, instilled new disciplines and methods into the program and mentored 14 pitchers that were drafted or signed as non-drafted free agents at the professional level, including 1999 National League Rookie of the Year Scott Williamson...Completed his bachelor's degree at OSU in 1996.

Playing Career

  • 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 36-46 with a 4.56 ERA (354 ER/698.2 IP).
  • 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...Twice underwent Tommy John surgery, first in October 1990 (Dr. Jacobs) and again in September 1991 (Dr. Jobe).


  • Full name: 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 amateur scouting assistant; and Luke, a right-handed pitcher in KC'S minor league system...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.

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