So much has been written about John Farrell over the last few days, and so much needed to be done here on my end, that it was inevitable that some of it would slip through the cracks. Or… y’know… that a lot of it would slip through the cracks. And rather than just flush it all out of my RSS reader, never to be seen or heard from again, I figured I’d go through a bunch of stuff we’ve seen written since this story first broke late on Saturday night, and link it all up here, even though I know full well that most of you are probably as sick of it all as I am. But there are a number of good pieces to read about the whole affair, and we’re in the dead zone of an off-night before the World Series starts tomorrow, so why not have a look and see if there’s anything here that might be worth a read, or a re-read. There sure is lots of it…
Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star thinks the Jays need a “leader who will lead” (or so says the headline), and suggests that Alex Anthopoulos got “as close as the GM will get to taking a parting shot” when he told reporters that “after you’ve lived in the [first house] for a while, you say I’d like ‘x’ and ‘x’ and ‘x’ from the next one.”
In his first reaction piece for the Star, Kelly calls the deal lopsided in the Jays’ favour, as they got something for nothing.
In a blog post at the Star, Richard Griffin points out the conflicting chronologies given by John Farrell– who says he told the Jays he wanted to move to Boston last year– and Alex Anthopoulos, who said the subject wasn’t broached until last week.
In his first reaction, Griffin goes deep to explain why he thinks the Jays ultimately let Farrell go, in a must-read piece for the Star.
“For me, the clear sign that there was something to this Farrell speculation came on Aug. 25 when the Dodgers and Red Sox reached an agreement on a blockbuster trade,” writes Gregor Chisholm on his North of the Border blog. After relaying the details to the Jays’ manager, “Farrell thought about it for a few seconds and then began running down the list of players I just mentioned were in the deal. Within a minute, Farrell had the total amount the Red Sox would be shedding in the trade. I remember being somewhat taken aback by this because — despite public opinions to the contrary — this is not the type of information most managers would know off the top of their head.”
According to the Star’s roundup of today’s presser, John Farrell explained to reporters: “I truly believe in an up-tempo, aggressive style of play.” Good fucking luck with that, Masshole dickfucks.
Trying to one-up his colleage Simmons on the ridiculous hysteria front, Steve Buffery of the Sun laments that “AA couldn’t have squeezed a little more out of the cocky Beantowners.”
Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail reports that Alex Anthopoulos is unconcerned about John Farrell bringing Jays secrets with him over to Boston. Well, what else was he going to say? But also, it’s not like Farrell’s great knowledge helped the Jays a whole lot when he came over here: they were 19-17 against the Sox during Farrell’s two years.
Elsewhere at the Globe, MacLeod says the Jays are back at square one, as he wonders how acquiring Mike Aviles works as the starting point for an off-season in which the club has claimed it wants to find ways to increase it’s ability to get on base.
MacLeod’s Globe collegue Jeff Blair bids farewell to Farrell, summing up the situation thusly: “Enough running in place. Enough with the one step forward, one step back. Anthopoulos and Beeston need a big leap forward in 2013. They must make this right.” Agreed. But how? And can they?
At Getting Blanked, Parkes explains that sometimes a manager is just a manager.
And when the story first broke, Drew was there to catch it, suggesting that “the stink of this will take a long time to rinse clean. The tourist columnists and generalist trolls will have a field day and the talk radio callers might actually fill the Rogers Centre with the foam from their mouths.”
The Tao of Stieb offers his thoughts on the mess, and ultimately is upset with Alex Anthopoulos, who obviously made the wrong hire.
Wilner laments the poor optics of the Farrell transaction, despite the fact that he likes the outcome, ultimately.
Shi Davidi likens the transaction to a divorce, or something, in his piece about it for Sportsnet.
Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun wins the stupidity derby on this one. He was, of course, the favourite. Damien Cox DNF.
Simmons’ Sun colleague Bob Elliott wonders how best to spin this.
Elsewhere still at the Sun, Ken Fidlin gives us the nuts and bolts of the story.
John Lott of the National Post writes about the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity given to John Farrell.
Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter wonders why the Jays don’t use media as an instrument of evil the way the Red Sox do.
Elsewhere at Bluebird Banter we have some snippets from the conference call with Alex Anthopoulos after the trade was first consummated.
And when the story broke, Dakers wrote out some quick thoughts that I seem to recall not really agreeing with.
Mark Zwolinski of the Star recaps the John Farrell era.
At CBS Sports, Jon Heyman wonders whether Farrell is any good, but commends the Red Sox for at least getting the guy they wanted.
From WEEI, Ben Cherington insists that there wasn’t any tampering on his end in this whole messy matter.
Here’s the first of two audio clips from a WEEI roundtable on Sunday where they broke down the transaction from a Red Sox point of view.
The Boston Globe’s Extra Bases blog has a bunch of Farrell fluffing from various members of the Boston media and the Red Sox themselves.
Lastly, via MLBTR, some more Boston links:
Peter Abraham of the Globe says that Mike Aviles is not an insignificant piece, and points to not just his on-field abilities (which are, y’know, limited), but his presence in the clubhouse and his professionalism.
Abraham also looks at where the Sox go from here, in terms of their off-season.
Scott Miller of CBS Sports wonders if the Red Sox got the right guy for the job.
Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston writes that Ben Cherington’s punchable face is on the line. Well, he says it’s his “neck,” actually, but… potato potato.
NOW CAN WE FINALLY GET BACK TO NORMAL, PLEASE???