It’s going to be quite a debate for the AL Manager of the Year this season, but it should be no debate at all. The runaway winner for the award should be John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox.
There are obviously others that deserve careful consideration, and Farrell is certainly no cinch. He’s the seventh manager to lead the Red Sox to the playoffs in his first year as manager.
The Red Sox hired Farrell after coming off one of their most disappointing seasons in their history. They were expected to contend in 2012 under new manager Bobby Valentine, but were a major disappointment with a last-place finish in the AL East with a 69-93 record.
It wasn’t surprising that Valentine was dismissed, but whether or not Farrell could get the job done was anyone’s guess. Back in April as the season was starting, there probably weren’t many MLB observers expecting the Red Sox to not only win the AL East, but also have the best record.
Granted, things have fallen into place for Farrell with various players making remarkable comebacks; but he has used his roster wisely, including the bullpen in recent games. That gives Red Sox fans hope that Farrell won’t be outcoached in the playoffs.
Farrell was a natural fit for the Red Sox position after the Valentine fiasco. His past connection with Boston as a pitching coach included a World Series ring. Farrell has a chance to bring another World Series title back to Boston, and when it comes to determining the Manager of the Year in the AL, he’s the easy choice.
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