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John Farrell, best of both worlds

Sox counting on new manager to bring perfect mix of familiarity, fresh perspective

Updated: December 18, 2012, 9:26 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

He was never just simply the pitching coach.

Although that was John Farrell's title with the Red Sox, his baseball tentacles extended well beyond his duties of shoring up Boston's rotation.

"I talked to him about stuff every single day," said Dustin Pedroia, who is most definitely not a pitcher. "About where certain hitters liked to put the ball, about pitchers' tendencies. About everything."

There was a presence about him that drew players to his corner of the dugout. ...

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