Unless you have been living under a rock for the past month, you are well aware that tonight ( April 5th) marks the return of the Blue Jays former manager, John Farrell, to Toronto.
Much has been said about how Farrell managed and departed from this team. People are angry with the 50 year old Ohio native and their upset for good reasons.
When John Farrell joined the Blue Jays, he brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience how ever this experience was not as a manager rather it was that of a Pitching Coach.
Like any “Rookie” at the MLB level, mistakes are going to be made, growing pains are going happen and questions are bound to be raised. John Farrell experienced all of these factors while guiding the Blue Jays to win loss record of 154-170 between 2011 and 2012.
To summarize some of the finer points of his critics, Farrell made the following decisions while at the helm of Canada’s team.
* The Blue Jays were absolutely wild on the basepaths during the 2011 season. This resulted to the team running into outs and costing themselves big time Runs in the boxscore. When asked about this aggressive approach, Farrell responded by pointing out the pressure ancy base runners can put on the opposing pitcher, defense and manager.
* Towards the end of the 2012 season, it became apparent that like his buddy in Boston a year earlier, Farrell too had lost control of his clubhouse. His lax presence around some of the teams younger players resulted in countless mistakes both mentally and physically being made on the diamond, seemingly with out consequence. The issue reached a boiling point when the veteran INF, Omar Vizquel, voiced his concerns to the media during the final home stand.
* Simply put, it appeared as if Farrell blatantly ignored splits on a number of occasions. Think even the most rudimental of splits like Lefty match ups ( Octavio Dotel’s use during the 2011 season, Adam Lind’s 179 PA’s vs LHP compared to his 79 in 2010… Ect).
* Bullpen Management. by no means is it easy to manage a bull pen at the MLB level however, Farrells constant use of ineffective pitchers like Francisco Corder…… You know what? I’m still furious over this subject. Furious to the point where I dont even feel like finishing this last paragraph over fear of breaking this keyboard.
All things aside, Farrell was still learning and to a point, I could forgive some of his shortcomings. That of course was until he turned his back on the organization and constantly lied to the team, fans, and press during the sideshow that came following Bobby Valentines departure from Boston.
In short, Farrell showed absolutley no loyalty to the team that presented him with his first opportunity to manage in the big leagues and this combined with the run of questionable managing antics he displayed while in charge of the Blue Jays on the field, is enough to warrant the response he will receive come 7 o’clock tonight.
Not since Tim Johnson, have Blue Jays fans had such intense feelings towards a former manager. Johnson, who appeared as a utility INF for Toronto in 1978/79 was brought on by the Blue Jays and managed the team to its highest W/L total since 1993 (88/74) in 1998 however the flawed manager constantly feuded with his coaches and lied to his players.
during the winter of 98/99, Johnson told reporters that he had been lying to his players, feeding them stories about how he fought in the Vietnam War and using his made up credentials to back his “tough” decisions he was forced to make when regarding player’s time on the field.
Tim Johnson flat out lied about being a war veteran and even still, I think Farrell has done the Blue Jays organization a greater injustice.
At the end of the day, we are all fans of the team. Fan, short for fanatic just about sums it up. If you are fanatic about this team, you likely take what Farrell did to this organization fairly seriously and are still upset over the matter.
Don’t feel guilty for letting Farrell have it this weekend at the Dome. Make your voice heard and let him hear exactly how you feel about his decision to bail out on YOUR franchise.