Prior to the Boston Red Sox deciding to fire manager Bobby Valentine after just one season, it had been widely speculated that they had their sights on Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell. As the poorly kept secret became official Saturday night, many in the media as well as fans see no issue with Farrell leaving Toronto to go to Boston. Several will sight Farrell’s relationship with Boston and the fact he was their pitching coach prior to 2011. And just because of that, there is no issue with John Farrell leaving.
MLB experts will start by citing that this happens fairly often. Ozzie Guillen left Chicago for Miami in a similar situation at the end of 2011. Theo Epstein left Boston for Chicago as well. Over recent history, managers such as Bruce Bochy and Art Howe have gone similar routes. Know what they all have in common? They all served a decent amount of time in their prior organizations. A case could also be made t