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Former OSU pitcher, coach making a difference with Red Sox



At some point in the not-too-distant future, John Farrell is going to make some Major League franchise one heck of a general manager.

In fact, many in the baseball community found it a bit surprising the former Oklahoma State hurler and coach opted to leave his job as Cleveland's director of player development prior to this season to become pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox.

The consensus was Farrell already had paid his dues while working his way up the coaching ladder, and that he was ready to trade in his cap and cleats for a suit and tie.

But Farrell felt there was something special about the opportunity that came with the Boston gig.

"First of all, I still have that competitive fire that embraces the everyday challenges of making in-game decisions and working with a pitching staff, especially the young guys," said Farrell. "To have the chance to come to a team like the Red Sox and work in one of the best environments in baseball made it an easy decision."

As for the possibility of making the leap to a general manager job someday, Farrell is in no big hurry.

"I have to admit, I still enjoy putting on a uniform and being a part of a team on the field," he said. "Down the road, I'd like to explore other opportunities " but for now, I'm enjoying doing what I'm doing and where I'm doing it." "Jay C. Upchurch



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