Appearing today on ESPN Radio’s “The Herd”, ESPNBoston.com’s Curt Schilling had some strong praise for now-former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, who was hired today to manage the Blue Jays.
Farrell was Schilling’s pitching coach during the 2007 season, when the Red Sox won their second World Series in four years.
“He is the most overqualified human being in the game,” Schilling said of Farrell. “He is one of the smartest men I’ve ever been around. He is a GM in waiting. That to me changes the Blue Jays’ potential and their outlook for the next 5-10 years. This guy is as good a baseball man as anybody I’ve been around.
“More importantly to me, it’s an enormous loss for the Red Sox. … This guy was as responsible as anybody for any of [the Red Sox] pitchers’ success. I guarantee they would tell you that. When they did well it was due to an immense amount of effort from him in getting that done and when they didn’t do well most of it was on them.”