After Bobby Valentine led the Red Sox to their worst record since 1994 last season, it was clear a change needed to be made. On Sunday, that change came, as the team announced the return of John Farrell.
Farrell, who had his introductory press conference Tuesday, will be the Red Sox' 46th manager. In two years as the Blue Jays skipper, he had a 154-170 record.
With his return to Boston, Farrell brings a familiarity with the front office, players and especially the pitching staff. In his first year as the Boston pitching coach in 2007, Farrell helped the pitching staff compile a 3.72 ERA — a crucial reason why the team won the World Series that year. He has worked with current starters Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz and star-crossed reliever Daniel Bard.
How Farrell fares in his first season as Red Sox manager is yet to be seen, but the fans are certainly happy to have him back. Hear what some of them had to say in the video above.