BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox have their new manager in place, although it’s a familiar face around Boston.
John Farrell was officially introduced as the team’s 46th manager Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park.
“This is an incredible privilege to be standing here today,” Farrell said. “To be added to the list of 45 other managers that have gone before me, it speaks to the place in history the Red Sox have; what this organization has represented. In my experience here, its represented first class, professionalism, and ultimately success.”
“I feel like we have the chance to hit the ground running,” said the new Boston manager. “We have a lot to take care of, including a staff and roster, but it is very much a privilege. I’m honored and extremely humbled to be standing here today.”
Farrell served as Boston’s pitching coach under former manager Terry Francona from 2007-2010, and formed a great relationship with the Red Sox pitchers over his four-year tenure.
“As far as what you can expect from us on the field, I truly believe in an up-tempo, aggressive style of play,” Farrell said. “To play that style of game, it does create an attitude which I think is critical; to be relentless with our effort, with our preparation, and with the competitiveness we take the field with every night.”
One thing Farrell will not tolerate is a lack of effort
“That is of the utmost importance in how we play. In some ways, that’s non-negotiable,” he said. “Our effort is something we can control, and to give forth our best effort is a minimum.”
“I can’t speak to what the Red Sox clubhouse was last year. I think it’s important we communicate consistently with the players, and hold the players accountable to what we’re trying to get done,” he added when asked about Boston clubhouse last season under Bobby Valentine. “At the same time, they have to have a voice in this to give their input. It’s important their inclusion is there, and it has to be a positive place they want to come to every day.”
“This is arguably the best place in this game,” he said of Boston. “Yes, there have been some challenges, but if there weren’t challenges I probably wouldn’t be here.”