If John Farrell‘s departure from the Toronto Blue Jays was something like a messy divorce (after a year of untold indiscretions too, apparently), this next move would be like one of the family friends choosing sides; in this case, he just happened to be Farrell’s friend first.
No, the Blue Jays won’t just have to look for a new manager in the coming days, but a first-base coach (and outfield instructor) too, as Torey Lovullo is expected to leave town to join Farrell in the Boston Red Sox organization as a bench coach.
Though there was some speculation that the 47-year old might end up replacing Farrell in Toronto, the current outcome was always much more likely to happen. Lovullo has history in Boston as a former coach in the minor league system there, and was one of Farrell’s first hires when he filled out his coaching staff upon arriving north of the border.
Hell, there was even some talks about Lovullo being a plan B for the Red Sox, should the Blue Jays have decided to keep Farrell to his contractual commitments. With the first-base coach gone, Toronto can check one manager-in-waiting candidate off their list, while the fate of the rest of the coaching staff remains mostly unknown – though I suppose that was always the case until a new manager is hired.
There have been some rumblings suggesting the team is doing some research on available former big-league manager Jim Tracy (presumably to find out out that he’s kinda bad with tactical decisions), and Manny Acta, the former Cleveland Indians skipper who is purported to be more progressive than most in the game when it comes to taking sabermetrics into account.
A guy who is willing to accept new systems of information as a manager? Sounds promising, I suppose. Now the team just has to make sure that Toronto is the new hire’s dream job.