The Red Sox Need To Use Tommy Layne, And Their Bullpen, Correctly

As the Boston Red Sox have remodeled their bullpen this offseason, the LOOGY ((L)eft-handed (O)ne (O)ut (G)u(Y)) role has not yet been filled. It’s a small role, but one every successful bullpen needs to fill if they hope to hold leads and limit baserunners late in games. The truth is though, the role should already be filled with someone who has been around since the start of...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

John Farrell’s 4 Most Important On-Field Assignments

With spring training just a couple weeks away, the majority of the focus is on the players, as it should be. It’s on David Price and Craig Kimbrel, wondering how these superstars will adjust to life in Boston. It’s on Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, wondering if they can adjust to Boston a little better than they did last season. It’s on Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

John Farrell: Pablo Sandoval is ‘better player’ on ‘lighter end’

It become increasingly clear as the 2015 season wore on. Pablo Sandoval’s weight was an issue. Sandoval’s weight was a huge topic of discussion when the Boston Red Sox signed the third baseman to a five-year contract worth a reported $95 million. Discussions about Sandoval’s weight only intensified after his first season in Boston, arguably the worst of his career. Sandoval...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox say Pablo Sandoval has lost weight

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Make no mistake, Pablo Sandoval’s nickname probably isn’t changing anytime soon. The Boston Red Sox third baseman is a big dude. Whatever. A slimmer version of the Kung-Fu Panda could patrol Boston’s infield this season, though, as Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski indicated Saturday at the team’s Baseball Winter Weekend event...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

John Farrell, Red Sox Brass Reveal Favorite Movies/Players Growing Up

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Boston Red Sox fans learned some fun facts about a few prominent members of the organization Friday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The Red Sox kicked off their Baseball Winter Weekend festivities with the team’s annual Town Hall event. Much of the conversation throughout the evening centered on Boston’s eventful offseason and high aspirations for 2016...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

John Farrell: Pablo Sandoval Lost 20 Pounds, Eager To Redeem Himself

The Kung Fu Panda apparently shed some of his winter weight. The Boston Red Sox have been keeping tabs on first baseman Hanley Ramirez’s weight this offseason, and it turns out they’ve been doing the same for Pablo Sandoval, too. The third baseman has carried some extra pounds throughout his career, but after a lackluster 2015 campaign, manager John Farrell said Sandoval lost...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

NESN Announces 2016 Red Sox Spring Training Coverage

16 Spring Training Games 46 Days of Live Coverage from Fort Myers Special Training Camp Update Show Airs 12 Consecutive Days NESN, the official home of the Boston Red Sox, will deliver expanded Boston Red Sox Spring Training coverage in 2016 televising 16 Spring Training games, all the network’s sports news programs will be co-anchored daily from Florida, live coverage of manager...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Read Sox: Infielder Insights, Farrell’s Future and Pedroia’s Perception

Welcome back to Read Sox! For this week’s edition, we’ll look at the possibility that some of 2015’s disappointing players will rebound, John Farrell’s potential role in the upcoming season and optimism concerning projections and error bars. Going Deep As we look forward to the 2016 season, it goes without saying that the majority of us expect certain players to bounce...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

John Farrell Sheds Light On Chris Young’s Role In Red Sox’s Outfield

One of John Farrell’s biggest tasks for 2016 involves the Boston Red Sox’s outfield. The Red Sox currently have four outfielders — Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rusney Castillo and Chris Young — vying for three starting spots, and that’s before one factors in Brock Holt’s ability to play pretty much everywhere on the diamond. Farrell will need to pick his spots when...
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

John Farrell – Job in Jeopardy

The Red Sox are in a difficult situation with John Farrell. After apparently recovering from cancer treatment, he is back managing the team. The Sox seem to have improved dramatically under President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski. They have acquired David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Carson Smith and Chris Young. Price has had success everywhere he has pitched-leading the...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Terry Francona ‘So Damn Happy’ For John Farrell Kicking Cancer’s Butt

Terry Francona was present for John Farrell’s first chemotherapy treatment back in August. Even he can’t believe how good the Boston Red Sox manager looks just four months removed from being diagnosed with Stage 1 lymphoma. “We are obviously pretty good friends,” Francona said this week at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn., according to the Boston...
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell: David Price will impact Red Sox 'bunch of difference ways'

The Red Sox prioritized adding an ace this offseason. In theory, having a top-flight starter makes life a whole lot easier. Just ask Red Sox manager John Farrell, who already is envisioning several ways in which David Price will impact his new organization after signing a seven-year contract with Boston on Friday. “When you talk about that No. 1 starter label, all eyes go to...
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell Gives Update On Health Situation: ‘I Feel Great, Energized’

John Farrell received some great news back in October that his cancer went into remission. The Boston Red Sox manager was diagnosed with Stage 1 lymphoma in August, which kept him out of the dugout for the final month-plus of the season. But he says he is doing much better now as he prepares to return in 2016. “On a personal level, I feel great, energized, and looking forward...
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell: Ortiz's retirement announcement 'bittersweet'

David Ortiz’s career will come to an end when the designated hitter retires following the 2016 season, which is “bittersweet” for Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell to think about. On one hand, Ortiz has earned the year-long farewell thanks to his 503 career home runs and three World Series, but it also means the Boston manager only has one more season with him in the...
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell Would Love For Red Sox To Sign David Price, Zack Greinke (Audio)

The Boston Red Sox need pitching. They know it, we know it, and no one is trying to hide that. Not even manager John Farrell. Farrell joined WEEI’s “Hot Stove Show” on Tuesday and touched on several topics. Of course, starting pitching was brought up. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski hasn’t been shy in saying the team’s No. 1 priority is acquiring...
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell Optimistic About ‘Backbone’ Of Boston Red Sox’s Roster

Dave Dombrowski has said multiple times since becoming Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations that he’s hesitant to label any player “untouchable” because you just never know what types of offers will come across your desk. That said, Dombrowski certainly has an idea as to which players he’d prefer not to trade. So, too, does Red Sox manager John Farrell, who took...
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell: Flip Saunders’ Death A ‘Shock’ That ‘Obviously Hits Close’

Flip Saunders died of cancer Sunday at age 60. The news rattled the sports world. Saunders’ death stunned many, including Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, who said last week he had been in touch with the Minnesota Timberwolves head coach about his own battle with cancer. “Out of respect and condolences to his family, that was a shock,” Farrell said Monday of Saunders...
October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox to hire Ruben Amaro Jr. as first base coach

In a curious move, the Boston Red Sox will reportedly hire former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. as their first base coach. Amaro, whose tenure as the Phillies GM ended in September, will join John Farrell’s staff next season, according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. It appears former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr will become Red Sox first base coach...
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October 24, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell Raves About Job Torey Lovullo Did In Place Of Red Sox Manager

John Farrell might not have been on the Boston Red Sox bench for the final month of the season, but make no mistake, it was still his team. The Red Sox manager announced in August that he had been diagnosed with stage 1 lymphoma. The diagnosis called for an immediate leave of absence. The obvious choice to take over was bench coach Torey Lovullo. All the while, though, Lovullo made...
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell 'feeling pretty darn good' with cancer in remission

John Farrell couldn’t get excited until he knew for sure his cancer was in remission. The Boston Red Sox manager got that good bit of news — that his stage 1 lymphoma was in remission — Thursday after a scan. Farrell spoke with reporters Friday on a conference call, expressing his excitement to get back to work. “I feel like the news of (Thursday), and getting a clean bill...
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox say manager Farrell's cancer in remission

BOSTON — The Red Sox say manager John Farrell's cancer is in remission.Boston said Farrell had his post-treatment testing and learned on Thursday that his non-Hodgkins lymphoma was in remission.Farrell says he's thankful for the support he's received. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski says the team looks forward to having him back.Farrell was diagnosed with cancer in August and...
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October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell’s Cancer In Remission; Red Sox Manager ‘Thankful’ For Support

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell received some great news Thursday. Farrell, who was diagnosed with Stage 1 lymphoma in August, underwent post-treatment testing Wednesday at Massachusetts General Hospital. The tests revealed Farrell’s cancer was in remission. “I am extremely thankful for the outpouring of support I have received from the Red Sox, my family, friends, and fans...
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The Red Sox and Replay: Challenges on the Rise

Some managers are more active in managing a game than others. Earlier this month, Ben Lindbergh posted the 2015 results of his Manager Middling Index, which is “not a ranking of the worst and best managers; it’s more like a ranking of the least and most managers.” John Farrell and Torey Lovullo did not rank among the game’s most meddling managers in most categories, but the...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Sox Announce Farrell Will Be Back; Lovullo Will Remain As Bench Coach

John Farrell hasn’t been with the team as the Manager for most of the 2nd half of the season as he has been recovering from Stage 1 Lymphoma.  Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo has been with the team an Interim Manager during this time.  There has been a lot of speculation as the season is coming to a close as to what will happen with both gentlemen in reference to their roles in...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Arnie Beyeler: ‘I Have Nothing But Good Things’ To Say About Red Sox

CLEVELAND — The Boston Red Sox opted to retain most of their coaching staff, including manager John Farrell and bench coach/interim manager Torey Lovullo, for the 2016 season. A notable exception: First base coach Arnie Beyeler. Beyeler, who also served as Boston’s outfield instructor for the past three seasons, won’t be back as the Red Sox look to rebound from their third...
October 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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