TORONTO - New Blue Jays manager John Farrell promises that fans will see a whole new game when they come out for the 2011 Major League Baseball season.
Fresh off a stint as pitching coach of the powerhouse Boston Red Sox, Farrell didn’t mince words when he told Jays’ season ticket holders Thursday that the 2010 team managed by Cito Gaston was “too predictable.”
And Farrell pledged to replace predictableness with aggressiveness.
He said that the great Blue Jays teams of the past were built on aggression.
“This (2011) team will be a lot more aggressive and a lot less predictable,” Farrell said. “When the opposition comes to play us this season they won’t be able to read what we are all about so easily.”
Specifically, the new field boss wants more action on the base paths where the Jays stole a pitiful 58 bases last season — worst in the American League.
And general manager Alex Anthopoulos has given Farrell a few rounds of ammunition to get that new playing philosophy started in Rajai Davis, who stole 50 bases last season with the Oakland A’s, and another speedster in Corey Patterson, who will bring his 205 major league stolen bases to Toronto.
“You can’t sit around and wait for home runs to win games,” Farrell said.
He wound his talk up by telling the audience Toronto was once the destination of choice for top players
“In ’92 and ’93 this place (Toronto) was the place you wanted to be,” Farrell said. “I hope to bring that feeling back.”