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John Farrell’s path to manager’s seat unusual

The way Bud Black figured it, now he wasn’t the only one who had to answer the questions. Finally, there was someone else in his fraternity.

When Black was hired by the San Diego Padres in 2007, he was one of a kind: the only former pitching coach among the 30 major league managers. Then, in 2010, longtime friend John Farrell was named manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. Now there were two.

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