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John Farrell Voted 2013 AL Manager of the Year

October 22nd, 2013 at 2:14 PM
By Ron Juckett

By a vote of his peers, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has won the Sporting News 2013 American League Manager of the Year.

With 10 AL managers submitting ballots, Farrell was selected first on five. Old friend Terry Francona finished second, drawing three votes for taking the Cleveland Indians to the playoffs in his first year, while Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics grabbed a vote each.

Farrell, 51, came back to the Red Sox after two seasons running the Toronto Blue Jays. As their manager, he never finished above fourth place.

The pitching coach from 2007 through 2010, Farrell was brought back to Boston to help stabilize a clubhouse badly shaken after a disastrous year under Bobby Valentine.

A trusted advisor for such starters as Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, Farrell took a team that battled publically and won 69 games in 2012 to a 97-win team that won the American League.

Using Francona as a model, Farrell brought much needed peace and public harmony back to the Sox.

He never waivered in his philosophy of using all 25 players on the roster and did not panic when injuries struck Buchholz and closer Joel Hanrahan.

Going up against two of the brightest managers of the game in the playoffs—Tampa’s Joe Maddon and Detroit’s Jim Leyland—Farrell not only held his own, he out managed them both en route to the World Series.

Farrell is the fourth manager in Red Sox history to win the award.

Jimy Williams won in 1998 for leading Boston to the Wild Card. John McNamara was awarded for his 1986 pennant-winning performance. Darryl Johnson in 1975 and Dick Williams in 1967 also took top honors after winning the American League.

Clint Hurdle won the National League Manager of the Year for taking the Pittsburgh Pirates to the playoffs for the first time since 1992.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny finished third behind Hurdle and Atlanta Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez.

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