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John Edward Farrell (born August 4, 1962 in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey) is a Major League Baseball manager for the Toronto Blue Jays and a former starting pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians, California Angels, and Detroit Tigers.

Playing career[]

Farrell was drafted out of Oklahoma State University by Cleveland in the second round of the 1984 Draft. He made his major league debut on August 18, 1987. Farrell played for the Indians from 1987 to 1990, enjoying success as part of the starting rotation. Injuries to his right elbow caused him to miss the entire 1991 and 1992 seasons. He returned to action with the Angels (1993-1994), Indians (1995), and Tigers (1996).

Player development[]

From November 2001 through the end of the 2006 season, Farrell served as the Director of Player Development for the Cleveland Indians. In 2003 and 2004, the Indians were named "Organization of the Year" by USA Today's Sports Weekly. In 2003, it was also named as having the top farm system in professional baseball by Baseball America.

Coaching career[]

In 1997, Farrell joined his alma mater Oklahoma State University as Assistant Coach and Pitching & Recruiting Coordinator. He remained with the college through 2001.

Following the 2006 season, the Boston Red Sox hired Farrell as its new pitching coach, replacing Dave Wallace. Farrell and Red Sox Manager Terry Francona had been teammates together on the Indians.


Farrell resides in Westlake, Ohio, with his wife, Sue, and three sons (Jeremy, Shane, and Luke). His son Jeremy was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 41st round of the 2005 draft. He decided to go to college and now plays Third Base for the University of Virginia. Shares a birthday with Roger Clemens.


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Preceded by:
Dave Wallace
Red Sox Pitching Coach
Succeeded by: