Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, whose best seasons came with John Farrell as his pitching coach, tweeted early this morning on the news that Farrell will become his team's manager:
Welcome back John!!Can't wait to get back to work!! #RedSox
— Jon Lester (@JLester31) October 21, 2012
Under Farrell's tutelage, Lester was 54-23 with a 3.40 ERA, 652 strikeouts and 244 walks in 684 2/3 innings pitched from 2007-10. Since Farrell left, Lester is 24-23 with a 4.17 ERA, 348 strikeouts and 143 walks in 397 innings pitched. He had a career-worst 9-14 record and 4.82 ERA this past season.
Infielder Mike Aviles, who will go to Toronto as compensation for Farrell, also took to Twitter to react to the news:
— Mike Aviles(@Themikeaviles) October 21, 2012