John Farrell

List of Red Sox managers to win Manager of the Year

List of Red Sox managers to win Manager of the Year

Alex Cora finished second to Oakland's Bob Melvin this year. Here are the Red Sox managers who have won an American League Manager of the Year award (only two have won the Baseball Writers Association of America award). 

1967 - Dick Williams (Sporting News/AP)
Record: 92-70
Result: Lost in World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3
Williams managed the Red Sox to an AL pennant in his very first season as a manager - he was 38. Williams stayed in Boston for two more seasons, going 86-71 and 82-71. The Sox didn't get back to the World Series under his guidance. He went on to manage in Oakland, where he won two World Series, California, Montreal, San Diego, and Seattle. In 21 seasons as a manager, he had a .520 win percentage. Williams is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1975 - Darrell Johnson (Sporting News/AP)
Record: 95-65
Result: Lost in World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3
Under Johnson's tutelage, Boston won the AL pennant in 1975, his second year as manager. He stayed in Boston for one more season, but was not nearly as successful (41-45 record before being fired and replaced by Don Zimmer in 1976). He then managed in Seattle for four seasons and in Texas for one. The 1975 season was the highlight of his career - in eight seasons as a manager, his win percentage was .444.

1986 - John McNamara (Sporting News/BBWAA)
Record: 95-66
Result: Lost in World Series to the New York Mets, 4-3
After going .500 in his first season with the Sox, McNamara led Boston to within inches of a World Series ring. Unfortunately...we all know how that went. McNamara's next two seasons in Boston weren't nearly as successful. The Red Sox were six games under .500 in 1987 and he was fired at midseason in 1988 before Joe Morgan took over and led them to an A.L. East title and ALCS loss to the Oakland A's.  McNamara would go on to manage Cleveland, and eventually the California Angels. 1986 was McNamara's most successful professional season as a manager. His career win percentage was .485 over a 19-year managing career. 

1999 - Jimy Williams (Sporting News/BBWAA)
Record: 94-68
Result: Won Wild Card, lost in ALCS to Yankees, 4-1
The 1999 Red Sox' 94 wins were the most since McNamara's 1986 team. Williams' team, led by Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, lost to the Yankees in the ALCS. The Red Sox' lone playoff victory was the only loss for the Yankees that postseason. Williams remained in Boston for two more years, going 85-77 and 65-53. Williams' bad relationship with GM Dan Duquette eventually got the better of him, and he was fired before the 2001 season was over. Williams went on to coach three seasons in Houston. In 12 total seasons as a manager, his win percentage was .535.

2013 - John Farrell (Sporting News)
Record: 97-65
Result: Won World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2
Farrell, previously the Boston pitching coach under Terry Francona, returned in 2012 after two seasons managing Toronto to take over a Red Sox team in dire straits after the botched Bobby Valentine experiment. Boston responded under Farrell and went worst to first, winning their third World Series in nine years. In 2014, Boston went back to worst, winning just 71 games. In '15, they won just 78 games. He turned it around the next two years, winning 93 games each season. Eventually, he wore out his welcome, and Boston moved on to Alex Cora. He currently works as a scout for the Cincinnati Reds and an ESPN analyst. Farrell had a .517 win percentage in seven seasons as a manager. 

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Brock Holt: 'There wasn't a whole lot of communication' under Farrell

Brock Holt: 'There wasn't a whole lot of communication' under Farrell

The difference between the John Farrell and Alex Cora regimes so far in Boston? Utility man and former All-Star Brock Holt didn't mince his words when he talked about the improvement in communication this season under first-year manager Cora. 

Sometimes winning is a matter of logistics, too.

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"You know, for me personally it's communication," Holt said during his pregame media availability Wednesday afternoon. "Being able to know what's going on, what's going through his head, when we're playing, when we're not playing, certain situations where we might come in during the game. It just makes it so much easier as a team to go out and perform. There wasn't a whole lot of communication in the past.

"And just kind of the vibe that he brings, the looseness. Not being too far removed from playing himself, he understands the game is hard. And he believes in us. I just think the overall vibe that he brings to the team, to the clubhouse, is so positive that it's easy for us to go out and kind of do what we've been doing."

Cora is the fourth manager over the last five decades to bring the Red Sox to a World Series in his first year with the team, joining Dick Williams (1967), Terry Francona (2004) and Farrell (2013). Francona and Farrell both won it all in their first seasons.

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John Farrell interviews Mookie Betts on ESPN

John Farrell interviews Mookie Betts on ESPN

After his stellar performance in the Red Sox' 14-1 thrashing of the Yankees, Mookie Betts was asked a question on ESPN by his former manager John Farrell.

The ex-Red Sox skipper asked Betts about his aggressive approach at the plate, which ironically is an approach often associated with Alex Cora's mentality as the new manager.

Farrell joined ESPN as an in-studio analyst following his firing, and also serves as a scout in the Cincinnati Reds organization.

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