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On the offensive side, Farrell’s clubs have attempted a slightly above average number of sac bunts, but they have the worst rate of sacrifice bunt success in the AL from 2011-2012 (117 Att, 64 Succ).
The lack of platooning is an excellent observation as well. He is a loyal manager, I suppose. The best example was him sticking with Adam Lind as the #4 hitter even against lefties and even after some 1,000 PA of futility. Patience is a virtue, I have heard.
"Exciting" is one way of putting it. Watching the players get picked off and thrown out at third over and over again is the main reason I wanted Farrell gone. Expect to hear lots of praise for his "aggressiveness" despite that, though. At one point the 2012 team led the league in CS while being something like 7th in SB.
Positive or negative Farrell seems to be much more Tito than Valentine and we are going to trade some tactical acumen for clubhouse chemistry.
The patience Farrell showed in Lind could easily prove to be a positive when a player "figures it out" rather than unloading a useful player at the fort sing of struggles( e.g. Reddick).
Keep in mind that there were also complaints about the Jays' clubhouse chemistry under Farrell, including comments at the end of the season about a lack of veteran leadership. In Farrell, at least based on his time with the Jays, it looks like you're getting a guy who isn't all that great tactically, and who also isn't that great in terms of the clubhouse chemistry.
I guess it could be different in Boston than Toronto, since he did come from there and they apparently wanted him back, but I wouldn't count on it.
More coaching news, Brian Butterfield named third base coach.
We can definitely expect a lot of new shifting with Farrell. I wonder how much Fenway will affect this. I do wonder if the park's peculiarities, and the relative ease of lumping a fly-ball double to the opposite field, make the aggressive shift against LHB a less effective tactic. (Obviously it will work against your pure pull hitters, but the Madden shift was being used against freakin' everyone.)
I believe that Fenway makes it "easier" or "more effective" to use shift defenses because of the lack of foul territory on the left side of the infield.
Okay, but (1) they probably aren't pitching him away, and (2) if Jim Thome (or insert your favorite lefty slugger here) is trying to hit the ball the other way he is way less likely hit one off the Jimmie Foxx red seat in center.
DL: You’ve committed 50 errors in nine professional seasons. What does that mean to you?
DP: Is that a lot?
DL: Derek Jeter had over 50 in his second professional season.
DP: Oh, nice, I guess it’s not a lot.
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