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21st Annual Baseball Night Set for January 23

John Farrell

John Farrell

Nov. 30, 2012

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The 21st Annual Baseball Night In Boston is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6-9 p.m. at Fenway Park's State Street Pavilion. The event is the single largest fundraiser for the Boston College baseball program and crucial to its continued success.

John Farrell, who was named the Red Sox manager in October 2012, will be the honored guest and featured speaker. Farrell came from Toronto, where he managed the Blue Jays for two seasons, compiling a 154-170 record. He was the Red Sox's pitching coach from 2007-10, a period in which the staff held opponents to an American League-low .254 batting average and led the league in strikeouts (4,771). In his first year with the Red Sox, the club won the 2007 World Series, and they reached the postseason each of his first three seasons in Boston.

"We're honored to have John Farrell as our guest speaker at Baseball Night this year," head coach Mike Gambino said. "Besides being the new manager of one of the most storied franchises in all of sports, John is a tremendously respected baseball man. We're very lucky to have a long history of great speakers at this event and John will add to that list."

Proceeds help to defray the team's early-season trips to the south which is vital to the team's preparation. The funds raised also contribute to annual operating expenses including recruiting, equipment and scholarships.

Financial contributions, along with other donated items, will be accepted. Donated items such as tickets to a sporting event or non-sporting event, an autographed ball, picture or jersey and many other items will be auctioned off the night of the event.

Space is limited to 250 guests for the event and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and cost $150 apiece.

To purchase tickets, contact the Office of Athletic Development at (617) 552-0704 or click here. Checks can also be mailed payable to Boston College Baseball. Other gifts to BC Baseball may also be made by calling the number above or mailing a check (please write "No Tickets Needed").

ABOUT JOHN FARRELL:
Named as the 46th manager of the Boston Red Sox on Oct. 21, 2012, Farrell arrives in Boston from Toronto, where he was manager for two seasons. Under Farrell, the Blue Jays finished 81-81 (.500) in 2011 and 73-89 (.451) in 2012. While he was at the helm, the Blue Jays stole 131 bases in 2011 and 123 in 2012, Toronto's highest marks in 10 years (since 2002). The two-year total, 254, was fourth-most in the American League. He was selected as a coach on the 2011 All-Star Team by American League skipper Ron Washington.

Farrell, 50, was the Red Sox's pitching coach from 2007-10, a period in which the staff held opponents to an American League-low .254 batting average and led the league in strikeouts (4,771). In his first year with the Red Sox, the club won the 2007 World Series, and they reached the postseason each of his first three seasons in Boston.

In Farrell's first year as the Red Sox' pitching coach, the staff led the American League with a 3.87 ERA (618 ER/1,438.2 IP). Red Sox pitchers also led the AL in strikeouts with 1,185 in 2008 and 1,207 in 2010. From 2007-10, hurlers posted the third-best ERA in the league, 4.11 (2,637 ER/5,778.1 IP). During Farrell's tenure as pitching coach, right-hander Clay Buchholz and southpaw Jon Lester were All-Stars.

Farrell was also the 2009 recipient of the Red Sox Good Guy Award from the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA and served as a spokesperson for the Mass Mentoring Program while in Boston.

Prior to joining the Red Sox in 2007, Farrell spent five years as Director of Player Development for the Cleveland Indians (November, 2001-November, 2006). The Indians earned "Organization of the Year" honors in 2003 and 2004 from USA Today's Sports Weekly and were named by Baseball America as the top farm system in 2003.

As Director of Player Development in Cleveland, Farrell was responsible for the Indians' six minor league affiliates, their Latin American programs in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, and the signing of minor league free agents.

Farrell earned his bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State in 1996, and served five seasons (1997-2001) as an assistant coach and pitching and recruiting coordinator. He instilled new disciplines and methods and mentored 14 pitchers that were either drafted or signed as non-drafted free agents, including 1999 Rookie of the Year Scott Williamson.

He was selected by Cleveland in the second round of the 1984 June Draft and pitched in 116 Major League games, making 109 starts, over parts of eight seasons with Cleveland (1987-90, 1995), California (1993-94) and Detroit (1996). Farrell posted a 28-25 record with 12 complete games and a 3.86 ERA in 72 games (70 starts) in his first three seasons from 1987-89. He was hampered by injuries for the remainder of his playing career, missing the entire 1991 and 1992 seasons with right elbow problems.

Farrell played four seasons of baseball at Oklahoma State University (1981-84), compiling an 11-2 record with two saves and a 3.01 ERA his senior season, earning All Big-Eight Conference honors.

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