John Farrell Favorite To Manage Blue Jays

GM Alex Anthopoulos says he has yet to decide on the next manager of the Blue Jays, but John Farrell is emerging as the favorite to win the job. A source tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that it will be a surprise if the Blue Jays do not name Farrell manager within a week or so. The club was apparently impressed by the Red Sox pitching coach in his interviews. 

DeMarlo Hale, Sandy Alomar Jr. and Brian Butterfield are reportedly the others to make it this far in the Blue Jays’ exhaustive hunt for a successor to Cito Gaston. Morosi’s report comes a day after Peter Gammons heard that three GMs expect Farrell to get the job.  Alex Anthopoulos, the one GM whose opinion really matters, told Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star that he is still deciding.

“No decision has yet been made,” Anthopoulos said. “I still have not made up my own mind on the candidates.”

Farrell, a former major league pitcher, was the director of player development for the Indians before becoming Boston’s pitching coach. The Blue Jays, Marlins, Pirates, Brewers and Mets are the five clubs that still have managerial openings.


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16 Comments on "John Farrell Favorite To Manage Blue Jays"


Infield Fly
4 years 9 months ago

No disrespect to Sawks fans of course, but I have been hoping for the chance to see what kind of manager Farrell would make for a few years now. So I will be pretty pumped if [well, “when”] he nails the job! :)

iains
4 years 9 months ago

I just don’t know how much weight you can put into Peter Gammons’ story. I’d be far more likely to believe the reports if I knew the Red Sox were interviewing pitching coach candidates. As far as we know it’s 3 educated guesses he’s going off of.

4 years 9 months ago

Peter Gammons:
“Told I may be preamture on John Farrell , that Alex Anthropolous last night still considering Demarlo Hale. Decision very soon”

4 years 9 months ago

haha, what a joke! who knows whats actually happening

Jobus_Rum
4 years 9 months ago

Hey Gammons

have another scotch, Gramps

TheLastPirateFan
4 years 9 months ago

Cmon man, he’s one of the most well respected reporters in the game, if he says it, there is something behind it.

Jobus_Rum
4 years 9 months ago

He’s coasting on Chivas and a rep that’s been a joke for 20 years. Gonna tell me how great Bill Simmons or Mike Shaughnessy are next?

fitz
4 years 9 months ago

I think you mean Dan.

David X
4 years 9 months ago

Why is it that pitchers don’t often make great managers? Bud Black is the only other active manager I can think of at the moment. I understand why there are so many catchers on the list, thinking through the game all the time. It just seems like pitchers are underrepresented:

link to baseball-reference.com

Chris_RG
4 years 9 months ago

Tommy Lasorda and Larry Dierker were pitchers and they made pretty good managers.

link to sportsillustrated.cnn.com

David X
4 years 9 months ago

I think the main point I didn’t make well is, why are pitchers so underrepresented among managers?

TheLastPirateFan
4 years 9 months ago

I wish that he would have considered the Pirates job, I can’t imagine that someone would rather live in Canada than in Pittsburgh with bigger baseball fans, but it probably came down to the money like it always seems to.

Jobus_Rum
4 years 9 months ago

I’ve been to Pittsburgh, the fans are definitely bigger.

Well, wider anyway

TheLastPirateFan
4 years 9 months ago

Funny, but not true.

4 years 9 months ago

Here in Canada we like to stay healthy and in shape…Yes I’m with you with Pittsburgh fans bigger in waist size than us here!

4 years 9 months ago

man gammons is the worst.