John Farrell
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John Farrell will return to manage Red Sox in 2016


John Farrell will return to manage the Red Sox next season, provided he is healthy enough to do so, the club announced Sunday morning in a press release.

Torey Lovullo, who has been serving as Boston’s interim manager since Farrell was diagnosed with lymphoma, signed a two-year contract to return as Farrell’s bench coach. Lovullo also forfeited his right to pursue another managerial role with the new deal.

Farrell guided the Red Sox to the World Series title in 2013 and the problems with the Red Sox over the last two seasons have been more about roster construction.

Dave Dombrowski took over the front office from Ben Cherington back in mid-August and will try to turn things around this winter.

All of the other coaches on Farrell’s staff will return except first-base coach Arnie Beyeler.

Report: Red Sox plan to keep John Farrell as manager

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Torey Lovullo took over as interim Red Sox manager in August when John Farrell went on a leave of absence following news that he’d been diagnosed with stage one lymphoma.

Lovullo has managed the Red Sox to a 28-16 (.636) record compared to the team’s 50-64 (.439) record under Farrell this season, leading to lots of speculation about Farrell’s job status, but according to Sean McAdam of the revamped front office intends to keep Farrell as manager for next season “as long as he’s healthy enough to do so.”

There are two key issues at play here. One is that Farrell has a 121-155 record as manager since 2014, so regardless of his health status there was speculation that the Red Sox might have looked to make a change. Beyond that, Lovullo has frequently been in the running for manager jobs–including finishing runner-up to Paul Molitor in the Twins’ search last offseason–so it’s very possible that his helping to turn around the Red Sox in Farrell’s absence could lead to him finally getting his own gig. In other words, it may truly be choosing between Farrell and Lovullo because the odds of Lovullo sticking around in the same bench coach role may be slim.

Farrell signed a two-year contract extension during spring training that covers 2016 and 2017. And of course he’s not even two years removed from winning a World Series. McAdam reports that in new team president Dave Dombrowski’s first meeting with the staff in August he “said Farrell’s job would be waiting for him next spring.”

Torey Lovullo shaves head in support of John Farrell

TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 27: Manager John Farrell #53 of the Boston Red Sox talks to bench coach Torey Lovullo #17 in the dugout during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 27, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Red Sox manager John Farrell has been away from the team since mid-August while undergoing chemotherapy for Stage 1 lymphoma. Bench coach Torey Lovullo, who has been serving as manager in his absence, showed up to the ballpark Saturday with a shaved head. According to Christopher Smith of, Lovullo said he did it to show support for his friend and what he’s going through right now.

“You’ll see him — he doesn’t have much hair right now,” Lovullo said. “It’s all an adjustment for us. But I made a commitment to him when he told me he was going to go through this process that I’d shave my head when he got to that point. And yesterday was that point. But he’s doing good.””

Pretty cool stuff. Farrell and Lovullo have a long history together going back to when they were teammates with the Angels in 1993.

Terry Francona will accompany John Farrell to his first chemotherapy session

John Farrell, Terry Francona

Red Sox manager John Farrell has stepped away from the team for the remainder of the season to undergo treatment for Stage 1 lymphoma, with bench coach Torey Lovullo taking over as Boston skipper.

Farrell replaced Terry Francona as Red Sox manager in 2013–we’ll call Bobby Valentine an unfortunate place-holder–after previously serving as pitching coach under Francona and in a random scheduling coincidence Francona’s new team, the Indians, are in Boston to play a three-game series at Fenway Park beginning tonight.

Which leads to this, which is pretty cool: