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PawSox Insider Podcast: Beyeler, MacPherson

From coaching staff changes, to players coming and going through free agency, there seems to be no lack of storylines for the PawSox this off-season. As a result, it seemed like a natural idea to create a podcast version of our PawSox Insider radio show for an in-depth look at all the news.

Twice a month you’ll be able to hear my interviews with players, coaches, and local Boston media members talking all things PawSox. Soon the podcast will be available for download on the iTunes store and will always be accessible at


In the first episode I interviewed former Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler about his promotion to Boston as the Red Sox new first base coach. One of the interesting things Arnie talked about was how much his experience as a pro scout for the Detroit Tigers helped his development as a manager. We also chatted about his new relationship with Red Sox manager John Farrell and what he likes about his managerial style.

Arnie was all smiles after guiding the PawSox to their first Governors’ Cup championship in 28 years. (Kelly O’Connor)

Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) of the Providence Journal then joined me on the phone to discuss why Arnie is a good fit in Boston and who might be his successor in Pawtucket.

I hope you enjoy the first podcast of the off-season. If there is anyone you’d like to hear from in an upcoming episode, feel free to reach out to me using my contact info below.



Reporting From John Farrell Press Conference

Tuesday afternoon the Boston Red Sox introduced John Farrell as the 46th manager in franchise history. Two things were apparent within the first few minutes of Farrell’s opening statement: he clearly defined both his style of baseball and his style of managing.

“I truly believe in an up-tempo, aggressive style of play,” Farrell said from the podium. “To play that style of game does create an attitude which I believe is critical to win at the Major League level, and that’s to be relentless.”

Without any sort of prompting, he then immediately tackled the subject of dealing with players.

“Most importantly, because I’ve been here before, there will be no taking for granted that relationships [with players] exist. I will work my butt off to earn their trust, to earn their respect, and create an environment in that clubhouse that is a trusting one. It’ll be a learning one, and, yes, it’ll be a competitive one and hopefully a successful one at the same time.

“If that’s being described as a players’ manager, then maybe that’s what I am.”

Farrell then commented that his most pressing objective is get the coaching staff in order and he clearly described the type of coaches he’s looking to surround himself with.

“They are guys who are credible. They will have different sets of experiences. But the fact that they will have the players’ best interests in their minds, and as their guides, will be a criteria that I’ll look to include in every guy that’s added to this staff.”

While you can only tell so much from a press conference, Farrell came across as a sound communicator who is confident yet humble about his abilities. He spoke with authority and had almost a calm, fatherly element to him — something he referenced was important to him in a manager as a young player.

Although we won’t know for some time how this decision will turn out, Farrell appears to have the right demeanor and attitude to be successful in Boston.



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