Farrell introducing management style to Red Sox

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Farrell introducing management style to Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. The Red Sox are scheduled to have their first full-squad workout on Friday. Players are expected on the fields for stretching at the regular time of 9:30 a.m. Before that, though, new manager John Farrell will address the team, giving his expectations for this spring and the season.

Just setting out my expectations, our expectations as a staff, Farrell said. Obviously some basic rules that will be discussed and expectations of spring training. I think the more that they can understand what were looking for, it takes away some of that initial wondering. And as I mentioned many times over I think we as a team need to recognize that we have one heckuvan opportunity in front of us.

I think when you communicate what you expect, then we can all be held accountable in our own way. Thats not to say or be authoritative or be a dictator. Thats just to say this is what were about and this is what we hope to get accomplished in spring training. Once thats established I think thats the vision that we all are collectively moving towards.

Farrell said his rules are minimal.

Ill be quite frank with you: be on time and be professional, he said. And again being professional encompasses a number of things. Thats how you play the game. Thats how you treat the people around it. Thats how you treat the guy dressing next to you. This game will always be about the players and we have to provide the boundaries in which were going to operate.

Farrell gets his managerial philosophy from different people hes been around in the game, including Terry Francona, who was the Sox manager during Farrells tenure as pitching coach from 2007-10.

I think you take parts of the people or the managers you played for, those youve been around, those you respect, Farrell said. And you see along the way how players respond to that. I go back to the players are first and foremost in this with obvious and very clear direction.

Asked to describe a John Farrell camp, the manager replied:

Therell be a lot more emphasis on the running game. Not just in terms of base stealing, but just the emphasis that we place on it, the mindset that were trying to create. And the fact is with a whole new staff, new third base coach, theres going to be a lot of time needed and repetition needed through what our terminology is, what Butters Brian Butterfield, third base coach signs are. So both in meeting settings, stations on the field, well have ample time to cover all that.

As for the specifics of the first day, it will be somewhat different than in years past, Farrell said, because there is one fewer day this year for pitchers and catchers to work out on their own.

So pitchers and catchers will remain in the same schedule theyve been, he said. But well get into team fundamentals starting on Saturday.

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California. 

 

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."