The managerial futures of two men crystallized here Friday.
John Farrell should manage the Boston Red Sox in 2013, and Omar Vizquel is not ready to manage in the major leagues — yet.
Farrell and Vizquel were the principals in the internal tumult that turned public this week, revealing just how far the Toronto Blue Jays are from winning the American League East.
Vizquel, days away from his retirement as a player, made pointed comments to the Toronto Sun, saying in Friday’s editions that “a lot of mistakes were let go” by the coaching staff this season.
Vizquel suggested that the team’s youth and inexperience compelled Farrell and his coaches to take a hands-off approach to discipline. “It needs to be talked about,” Vizquel told the Sun. “It shouldn’t just be let go and say, ‘Ah, we have another day.’ You have to get on it. You have to say, ‘I didn’t like that play,’ and let’s try and do something different.”
So here was Vizquel — 45 years old, on record as saying he wants to manage as early as 2013 — offering a damning critique of the man who has kept him in the major leagues all year despite his .548 OPS.
Was this a brazen attempt at politicking for Farrell’s job near the end of a disappointing season? I would hope not, but the timing did not reflect favorably on Vizquel. In fact, Vizquel said during a Friday news conference that he’s already thinking about team issues from a managerial standpoint.