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John Farrell, best of both worlds

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ESPNBoston.com's Jackie MacMullan profiles Red Sox manager John Farrell, who the Red Sox are convinced is the right guy to turn this team around. Here's an excerpt:

Farrell's reputation was built on the proper mixture of discipline, dialogue and candor, beginning with All-Star Curt Schilling, who told Farrell when he arrived in Boston that he didn't want a "cheerleader or a friend."

"I need a coach," said Schilling.

His new coach sat in on his video sessions while he broke down hitters. Farrell initiated a frank discussion with Schilling regarding his diminishing velocity by explaining his whole scale of pitches needed to come down along with the fastball so the separation of the different pitches still existed.

Schilling flourished under Farrell's tutelage and became a World Series hero.

"I have as much respect for John Farrell as anyone I've ever been around in the game," declared Schilling, who's now an ESPN analyst. "He's a man who is immensely overqualified for pretty much any job in the game."

The Red Sox are confident Farrell can quell the chaos that has enveloped the clubhouse for the past two seasons.