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John Farrell #53

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Managerial/Coaching Career
• Entering his third season as Red Sox manager in 2015...Named the 46th skipper in club history on 10/21/12 and went on to win the 2013 World Series in his debut season at the helm...This marks second stint with the organization, along with a four-year stretch as Major League pitching coach from 2007-10.
• On 2/21/15, had his contract extended through the 2017 season with a club option for 2018. Won his 100th game as Red Sox manager on 4/7/14 vs. TEX...Is the fifth-fastest skipper in club history to reach that number of wins...Picked up his 300th victory as an ML skipper on 8/1/14 vs. NYY.
• In its first year of existence (2014), initiated 34 manager's instant replay challenges and had 18 calls overturned (53%); nine calls stood and seven were confirmed.
• Managed 55 different players, including 19 rookies, in 2014 (31 position players/24 pitchers), both of which were the most in his four years as a ML manager...The 2014 club saw 11 Red Sox make their ML debuts.
• Finished second 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 six third-place votes.
• Managed the 2014 American League All-Stars to a 5-3 win over the NL on 7/15 at MIN's Target Field...Also managed a team of MLB All-Stars in the All-Star Series Japan in November 2014.
• 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 Boston to the World Series championship in 2013, his first year as Sox manager…Guided the club to an AL-best 97-65 record (.599), tied with STL for the best in the majors, and a first-place finish in the AL East.
• Became just the second Red Sox manager to lead Boston to at least a share of MLB's best record in his first year at the helm, along with Jake Stahl in 1912...Is the fourth Sox manager to bring home the AL's best record in his first 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 first-year Sox manager.
• Among managers spending a full season in their first year at the helm with a team, became the first to take a share of the top Major League record since Bill Virdon with the Pirates in 1972 (Elias).
• In 2013, became the sixth skipper to win a World Series with the Red Sox and just the fourth to do it in his debut season at the helm.
• Was just the seventh manager to lead the Red Sox to the postseason in his first year at the helm (2013), joining Jake Stahl (1912), Ed Barrow (1918), Dick Williams (1967), Joe Morgan (1988), Kevin Kennedy (1995), and Francona (2004)...Was the fourth to advance and win the World Series along with Stahl, Barrow, and Francona.
• Has been ejected 10 times as a ML manager, five times with the Red Sox and five times with TOR...Was ejected twice as Boston's pitching coach.
• With an 8-2 victory on 4/1/13 at Yankee Stadium, became the first Red Sox skipper to win his managerial debut on Opening Day since Jimy Williams in 1997.
• Guided the Sox to a 60-40 mark through the first 100 games of the 2013 season, just the second manager in the last 60 years to win at least 60 of his first 100 decisions at the helm of the Red Sox, joining Kevin Kennedy (61-39 in 1995) (Elias).
• Is just the third Sox manager who had a previous pro career as a pitcher...Joins Cy Young, who served as player/manager for the first six games of the 1907 season, and Joe Kerrigan, who skippered the final 43 games of 2001.
• Acquired from TOR on 10/21/12 and agreed to a three-year contract that will run through 2015...As compensation to TOR, to whom he was under contract through 2013, the Red Sox sent SS Mike Aviles and received in return RHP David Carpenter...Became the seventh manager in ML history acquired by a club while under contract to another.
• Under his guidance, TOR finished 81-81 (.500) in 2011 and 73-89 (.451) in 2012...Named the 12th manager in the Blue Jays' history on 10/25/10.
• 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 two-year total, 254, marked the fourth 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 first 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.
• Is one of five 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...Joins Black as the only former professional pitchers currently managing in the big leagues.
• 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 third-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 three 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 SO twice while he was guiding the staff, with 1,185 in 2008 and 1,207 in 2010...The club's 1,230 SO in 2009 ranked second among AL leaders and are the third-highest single-season total in franchise history.
• In his first year as BOS' pitching coach in 2007, Sox hurlers led the American League with a 3.87 ERA (618 ER/1,438.2 IP), second in the Majors only to the Padres' 3.70 mark.
• Spent five years as Director of Player Development for the Indians from Nov. 2001-Nov. 2006...In that role, oversaw all elements of the club's player development system, including the organization's six 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 five 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 second round of the 1984 June Draft...Right-hander pitched in 116 ML games (109 starts) over an eight-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 three 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.

• Married to Sue...The couple has three sons, all of whom are involved in baseball: Jeremy is an infielder in the CWS system, Shane is as an amateur scouting assistant with the Cubs, and Luke is a pitcher in the KC Minor League system...Also has a grandson, Kason.
• Played four seasons of baseball at Oklahoma State University (1981-84)...Compiled an 11-2 mark with two 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.

In the Community
Since re-joining the Red Sox, John has been actively involved in the club's community outreach both in Boston and in Fort Myers, FL...This past offseason he attended club events including Christmas at Fenway and the inaugural Red Sox Winter Weekend in CT...Has also attended the club's annual in-season community events including the Welcome Home Dinner, Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, and Picnic in the Park...In Jan. 2015, along with actor Chris Evans, co-hosted an event to benefit Christopher's Haven at Fenway Park...In April 2014, visited patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD...The Monmouth Beach native traveled with members of the front office to Union Beach, NJ, in Dec. 2012 to help those whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Sandy...He also worked with the group to put on a holiday party at the Church of the Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach, where he is a member...During the 2012 offseason, he visited with patients at Boston Children's Hospital and the Jimmy Fund as part of the Sox Holiday Caravan and met with fans at the Fenway Park Holiday Fest and Christmas at Fenway event...Selected as the 2009 recipient of the Red Sox Good Guy Award from the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA. He served as a spokesperson for the Mass Mentoring Program during his first stint with BOS from 2007-10 and took part in several events that benefited the Red Sox Foundation.

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