August 19, 2015 |
TERRY FRANCONA'S Indians will battle the Red Sox in Game 2 of a three-game series in Boston tonight. But long before the first pitch, Francona will accompany Boston manager John Farrell to his first round of chemotherapy for stage one lymphoma. Farrell, 53, announced Friday that he was taking a leave of absence to battle the disease. Francona and Farrell go way back. They played for the Indians in 1988. And they were together on the 1996 Tigers when Farrell was a reliever and Francona was third base coach.
June 11, 1996 |
The coolest, bluest moose in town is, on this particular hot afternoon, just about on the verge of melting. Or is that molting? "Whew, it's hot," says John Farrell, from Downingtown, the man who is sweating it up in the moose suit. "I'm soaked. And it's not even summer yet. " But Farrell smiles as he complains about the heat. Farrell is always smiling. And he tries to bring as much merriment as he can to his new job, that of Rocky Bluewinkle, the mascot of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a minor-league baseball team in the single-A Carolina League.
October 28, 2015 |
The same morning the Phillies introduced Matt Klentak as their new general manager, the man he replaced officially landed his next job. The Boston Red Sox confirmed Monday that Ruben Amaro Jr. is their new first-base coach. The career move is a unique one for Amaro, who had been a prominent member of the Phillies front office since 1999, the year after his final season as a player. He has never coached at any level of professional baseball. In addition to his duties as first-base coach, Amaro, 50, will be Boston's outfielder instructor and help instruct baserunning.
June 23, 1988 |
Move over Bedrock, here comes Doug Jones. Jones, the Cleveland Indians' overnight bullpen sensation, last night tied the major league record Steve Bedrosian of the Phillies set last year by earning his 13th save in his last 13 appearances. The Indians beat the visiting Boston Red Sox, 3-1. Julio Franco broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning when he led off with a homer off Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd (6-6). Jones pitched a scoreless ninth with one hit and two strikeouts, after John Farrell (8-4)
November 22, 2012
John Gibbons was hired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays for the second time Tuesday, returning to a team that just invigorated its roster after a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins. "I never would have guessed this could happen," he said at a news conference. Gibbons managed Toronto from 2004 to 2008 and had a 305-305 record, making him the third-winningest manager in franchise history. He succeeds John Farrell, who spurned Toronto for his dream managing job in Boston.
October 8, 2009 |
Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said yesterday he is getting closer to a list of "eight to 10" candidates to replace manager Eric Wedge, who was fired last week. Boston pitching coach John Farrell, who served as Indians farm director before taking the Red Sox job after the 2006 season, is among names mentioned as a possible successor. "We have made no calls to any teams for permission to talk [to their employees]," Shapiro said. "We have made calls to specific guys, but are not limited just to them.
October 22, 2012 |
The Boston Red Sox brought John Farrell back to Fenway Park on Sunday. The Red Sox hired Farrell to be their new manager after pursuing him for more than a year, agreeing to trade infielder Mike Aviles to the Blue Jays to pry their former pitching coach out of the manager's chair in Toronto. Farrell had been the Toronto manager the last two seasons, posting a 154-170 record with two fourth-place finishes. He had one year remaining on his contract with the Blue Jays, allowing them to demand compensation from Boston.
February 25, 2003 |
Third baseman Matt Whitney, a first-round pick by the Cleveland Indians last June, broke a leg while retrieving a basketball and could miss the 2003 season. Whitney and two minor leaguers were awaiting another player to go to dinner Sunday when they began shooting a basketball, according to John Farrell, the Indians' director of player development. The ball got away, Whitney jogged to retrieve it and turned his ankle when he stepped on a box that covered a sprinkler head. Whitney had surgery yesterday at Celebration Hospital in Orlando, Fla., to repair fractures to his left tibia and fibula.
August 20, 1993 |
Pitcher Joe Magrane signed with the California Angels yesterday, three days after being placed on waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals. Magrane, plagued by elbow problems that have limited him to 25 starts and two relief appearances since the end of the 1990 season, is expected to join the Angels today and make his American League debut Sunday against Milwaukee. The Phils, who had expressed some interest in Magrane on Tuesday, yesterday said he wasn't in their plans. Magrane, 29, was 8-10 with a 4.97 ERA for the Cardinals this season.
December 10, 1987 |
Chester High School has, in effect, lost its wrestling program because it did not replace its coach for the 1987-88 season, according to the former coach. John Farrell, who quit as wrestling coach in May, said Tuesday that the school's athletic department simply did not take him seriously when he announced his resignation. "Because of the work I do and the hours I keep, I was unable to continue coaching," said Farrell, who is in the food-services industry. "But when I spoke to then-athletic director Joe Carroll and said I was leaving, he and everyone else just assumed that I would be back.