Farrell: We have work to do

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Farrell: We have work to do

The Red Sox introduced John Farrell as the 46th manager of the Red Sox on Tuesday. As the manager to take over after the tumultuous Bobby Valentine era, Farrell made sure to make a few points clear: His team will play hard, and the lines of communication will be open.

Not a bad place to start after the Red Sox finished in last place in the AL East with a dysfunctional clubhouse that at time featured players whose play was uninspired.

"Our effort is controlled every night," Farrell said after trying on his Red Sox cap for the first time since leaving the Red Sox -- then the pitching coach -- for the manager's job in Toronto.

"It's something we can control. To give forth our best effort is a minimum."

Interestingly, Larry Lucchino was not present at the press conference. Ben Cherington was the only member of the front office there to introduce Farrell, perhaps a concerted effort on its part to show that the Farrell hiring was Cherington's decision.

Farrell didn't exactly have a great run during his time in Toronto, but Cherington still believed that he is the best man to turn the Red Sox around.

"Managing in the big leagues is not an easy gig," Cherington said. "It's one thing to talk about it in theory. It's another to go apply it and make those decisions in the dugout. One can only improve and be strengthened over time with experience."

Farrell made it clear that this was the place he wanted to be. For him, it certainly appears to be the "dream job" it's been reported to be.

"This is arguably the best place in the game," he said. "If there weren't any challenges, I wouldn't be sitting here . . . I love take on the challenges. It's an incredible city, it's an incredible baseball environment, with a first-class group of people."

More to come on Farrell's introduction. Be sure to check out our Red Sox Talk blog for all the latest updates throughout the day.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.