John Farrell introduced as Red Sox manager
The Boston Red Sox held a news conference on Tuesday to officially introduce John Farrell as their manager.
“His integrity, leadership skills, intelligence are second to none and make him the right person for this job,” general manager Ben Cherington said at the start of the news conference.
According to the Boston Globe, Farrell will make it clear to his players that he is in charge and that they are accountable to him.
Under his leadership, Farrell said he will reestablish relationships and preach trust and respect with his team. Last season, the Red Sox were perceived as fractured under manager Bobby Valentine, who was fired one day after the season ended. Internal issues plagued the team as Valentine clashed with players and coaches.
Farrell also stressed the importance of pitching, especially starting pitching.
Farrell was the team’s pitching coach from 2007 to 2010. During his stint with the team, the Red Sox ranked first in the American League (AL) in strikeouts, opponents’ batting average, and were third in ERA, noted ESPN Boston. This past season, the Red Sox’s pitching staff finished third-worst in ERA in the AL.