By: Chris Wehner
With the Red Sox walk-off win courtesy of Mitch Moreland over the White Sox on Friday night, not only did the Red Sox extend their current win streak to 4 games to go up 3 games in the AL East standings, but birthday boy, John Farrell, in his fifth season as manager of the Red Sox notched his 400th.
Farrell joins the likes of Don Zimmer (411) and Jimmy Williams (414) in the 400 win club. It’s more likely than not that he will have passed both Zimmer and Williams on the all-time win list come seasons end. Will he catch up to the all-time winningest manager, Joe Cronin, who’s won 1,071 games..highly highly doubtful, but it still is quite the accomplishment for Farrell who has seemingly been on the hot seat year in and year out since 2015.
Now while a lot of fans and media members have criticized his sometimes questionable in-game managerial decisions, there’s no question that John has fit pretty well with this organization after previously serving as pitching coach under the franchise's second all-time winningest manager in Terry “Tito” Francona, and helping bring the city and the Red Sox a World Series Championship during an emotional 2013 season after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.
With more than a little over 8 weeks to go in the regular season, Farrell will be looking to add many more wins to his resume as the Red Sox look to clinch a postseason berth and look to erase memories of last years Divisional Series sweep at the hands of coincidently Terry Francona.
But for now let's all take a moment to salute John Farrell on the historical milestone in his managerial career. Here’s to many more wins and hopefully more championships for the Boston Red Sox. #YABO