Red Sox’s Farrell one of five ‘88 Indians to manage

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Boston’s John Farrell is one of five members of the 1988 Cleveland Indians who went on to become major league managers.

He was teammates with Bud Black, Terry Francona and Ron Washington. And Charlie Manuel was the hitting coach.

“Must have been something in Lake Erie,” Farrell said before Wednesday night’s World Series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Farrell had a 14-10 record as a right-handed starter. Former Boston and current Cleveland manager Francona led the team with a .311 batting average but had only 212 at-bats.

For those five, baseball “is more about a life as opposed to a job,” Farrell said. “There was a real desire to continue on after playing days were over.”

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