It’s only late July and there is plenty of baseball still to be played within the 2013 regular season. However, at this juncture, there is nobody more deserving of the major league baseball’s Manager of the Year award than the Boston Red Sox‘s John Farrell.
On the heels of taking two out of three games from their hated rivals in New York, the Red Sox have positioned themselves with 60 wins through the first 100 games of the season. That record is tops in all of baseball at this point, but it’s not just about having the best record overall in late July that puts Farrell atop this race.
The Red Sox are leading and have been leading arguably the best division in all of baseball, as four of the five teams in the AL East currently have at least 52 total wins. Boston leads the New York Yankees by seven games in the division after Sunday night’s walk-off home run from Mike Napoli, but it’s the Tampa Bay Rays (1.5 games back) and the Baltimore Orioles (3.5 games back) who have made this division that much more difficult.
At this point in the season, the Red Sox’s bats have paced the way, as Boston currently ranks No. 1 in both runs and on-base percentage. They are No. 2 in batting average and slugging percentage. It’s not rocket science how they have become the first team in the MLB this season to reach 60 wins.
Now while that’s great and all, there’s still over two months remaining in this year’s regular season and considering that the Red Sox are only two years off from one of the bigger late season collapses in recent memory, Boston takes their early success with a grain of salt, always looking to improve and taking things day-by-day.
In comparison to last year, when the Red Sox had a drama-filled circus which was led by Bobby Valentine, it’s incredible what Farrell has accomplished this season. One other name that is certainly chomping at the bit in this managerial race however, is former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who ironically enough is doing a fantastic job in his own right with the surging Cleveland Indians.
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