Blue Jays gamble on new manager John Farrell

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Farrell said conversations around the ballpark start as early as 5:30 in the morning over a cup of coffee, “just kicking out scenarios that might come up in a game. Part of it may be because I haven’t been in this seat. I want feedback. That’s where coming in with a clean slate has been beneficial.”

Said Butterfield: “Basically, right now we’re just trying to get accustomed to each other.”

Same goes for the players. It’s too early to gauge how Farrell will relate to them, although those years in the Indians’ system “have given me a much broader view of the needs of individual players, a better understanding of the cultures from which they come, or whether they come from a small American town or a major college program, to respect their background and have some compassion and understanding.”

Left fielder Travis Snider said that because Farrell was a pitching coach in the AL East the last couple of years he understands how the players hit.

“It’s very exciting when you get to talk to him about what he’s seen in the way that (opposing pitchers) attack you,” Snider said. “He can see the strengths and weaknesses that you can work on.”

Farrell’s temperament has yet to be seriously tested when the games count and things aren’t going well. Pitcher David Purcey said Farrell “seems to be pretty even keel the way he goes about things.”

Cito very rarely raised his voice at anything,” first baseman Adam Lind said. “He has such a mild temper. It was comforting. John seems the quiet type as well, but if he sees something going on I’m sure he’ll put guys in their place, which he should.”

For now, though, Anthopoulos said, “it’s spring training. Wins and losses don’t mean anything.”

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