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Challenge awaits John Farrell in Toronto

Former Red Sox pitching coach and new Blue Jays manager understands life in AL East

Originally Published: December 16, 2010
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

It's not as if he didn't have choices. John Farrell would have been on anybody's short list to manage their baseball team, which is why the Boston Red Sox added financial sweeteners to his contract that prevented him from leaving as pitching coach the last three seasons.

So, then how do you explain why Farrell, freed from his obligation to Boston, has elected to make his managerial debut with the Toronto Blue Jays, which is the baseball equivalent of signing up to fight Manny Pacquiao ...

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