Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington is 'going to make a great contribution' in Toronto according to John Farrell

September 14, 2016 - 2:46 pm
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Now that former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is gainfully employed once again in baseball, John Farrell discussed the administrator that the Blue Jays just landed. "He was great in understanding what his vision was. For those who worked most closely with him, he was always able to articulate what he wanted to see from not only the organization, but individual departments that would be an integral piece to that overall organization," Farrell said. "So from that standpoint, he was great." Cherington was hired by the Jays as their Vice President of Baseball Operations on Tuesday afternoon, putting an end to his hiatus as a baseball operations individual that began when him and the Red Sox parted ways last season. Farrell was hired by Cherington as the Red Sox manager entering the 2013 season, and the Sox skipper noted that he and Cherington have spoken since his departure, but merely an occasional text message and nothing at length. While with the Red Sox, however, Farrell worked with Cherington exceptionally close, giving him one of the best assessments available of the new Jays' vice president's abilities. "He was very even-keeled," Farrell said. "One of Ben's traits was — he would get excited, don't get me wrong, and he's a tremendous competitor — but still at the same time very even-keeled. Very thoughtful in his comments, and you always knew where you stood with him. And no matter who he works for, obviously now it's Toronto, he's going to make a great contribution, there's no doubt." Cherington, a New Hampshire native, built the World Series-winning team in 2013 after his promotion to general manager following the 2011 season. And though oft-criticized for making deals with players that did not work out, the current team that sits 18 games above .500 also has multiple traces of Cherington in it. "His legacy is left here, there's imprints all over this current team," Farrell said. While away from baseball, Cherington was an instructor at Columbia University in New York, a role that Farrell noted was a seamless fit for him. "For all of us that got to know Ben, the fact that he went and served as an instructor at Columbia was not a surprise. He's got a tremendous amount of introspect and looks at things differently. I think he's a teacher and a builder at heart, and to be involved in a leadership course that he was at Columbia, it kind of fit what's important to him." And now that Cherington is back in baseball, it ends not only his absence from the game, but also an era in which his name was often thrown around with open administrative positions around the league. "You hear his name talked about with vacancies around the game, and it's not a surprise. He's got a pretty wide range of experiences as a front office guy, and I think Toronto's added a quality person and a guy with a tremendous amount of experience."