Toronto -- John Farrell, who spent four years as the Boston Red Sox' pitching coach, was hired to be manager in Toronto, the Blue Jays announced Monday.
Farrell, 48, replaces Cito Gaston, who retired after this season. The Blue Jays were 85-77 in 2010. Gaston managed the Blue Jays from 1989-97 and 2008-10.
Farrell has never been a manager on any level of baseball. Prior to his four-season stint as the Boston pitching coach he was Cleveland's director of player development from November 2001 through the 2006 season.
He was a major league pitcher from 1987-96, pitching for Cleveland, the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit. After he retired as a player, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State.