The Red Sox made the announcement of John Farrell's hiring official on Sunday afternoon, and the team released statements from Farrell, general manager Ben Cherington and team presidentCEO Larry Lucchino:
Farrell: Im extremely excited to be returning to the Red Sox and to Boston. I love this organization. Its a great franchise in a special city and region, with great fans, and we want nothing more than to reward their faith in us.
Cherington: We are thrilled to name John Farrell as our new manager. John has been a major league pitcher, front office executive, coach, and manager. His broad set of experiences, and exceptional leadership skills, make him the ideal person to lead our team. I have known him in various capacities throughout my career, and I hold him in the highest regard as a baseball man and as a person.
Lucchino: We met some outstanding managerial candidates in this process. John Farrell brings a unique blend of managerial experience, leadership and presence, pitching expertise, front office experience, and an established track record with many members of our uniformed staff and members of our front office. He will hit the ground running.