From what it sounds like, Farrell is coming from a fairly strong coaching background, albeit he hasn't managed a single game at the major league level. Then again, neither have any of the other three final four candidates, either.
I think it will be good to get some new blood into the organization, and the advantage to bringing in someone from outside the organization is Farrell doesn't have to be afraid of stepping on anybody's toes from day one.
John Farrell doesn't have to worry about coddling his players or trying to be best friends with them. He isn't trying to help them get contracts with other teams, or increasing their value on the free agent market.
Farrell has been brought in to win a championship.
There was a money quote from Casey Janssen in The Globe in Mail yesterday which spoke volumes about the outgoing manager and the heir apparent:
"For me it is going to be kind of exciting to have a manager who's going to be able to run the bullpen well and run the rotation."Not that Casey Janssen is speaking for the entire pitching staff, but I'm sure they're elated to have a new manager with a pitching background rather than as a position player. Somewhere, Jeremy Accardo is smiling.
And how satisfying is it that he Blue Jays poached the heir apparent to Terry Francona in Boston?
Now if only they could pluck a member of the coaching staff from New York and Tampa, and the Blue Jays could really do some damage against the opposition with some intel from behind enemy lines.