Bill Terlecky, general manager of the North Shore Navigators who are based at Fraser Field in Lynn, and John Farrell, new manager of the Boston Red Sox, have an association in professional baseball that dates back to 1986.
Terlecky was the general manager of the Double-A Waterbury Indians for whom Farrell was a starting pitcher in the 1986 season. The Cleveland Indians had selected Farrell, a pitcher out of Oklahoma State University, in the second round of the 1984 amateur player draft.
“John was working his way up the ladder in the Indians farm system,” recalled Terlecky. “He was on the pitching staff that year. He was one of the more personable guys on the team I can tell you that. John was one of those guys we always had some interaction with.”
Terlecky was in his seventh year in baseball when he first met Farrell.
“I remember John as one of the guys that was a good guy to have on your team,” said Terlecky. “I specifically remember his wife, Susan, who was very nice and a great girl. They didn’t have any children then but I know they have three sons [Jeremy, Shane, and Luke] today.”
Interestingly, Farrell’s son, Luke, is a pitcher for Northwestern University and played for the New Bedford Bay Sox in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, the former home of the North Shore Navigators before their move to the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
Terlecky and Farrell were together for one season with the Waterbury club. Farrell would make his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians in the 1987 season. He spent eight seasons in the Majors with the Indians, Angels, and Tigers.
Terleckly said when he met Farrell at the winter baseball meetings a few years ago Farrell remembered their time together in Waterbury.
“The thing that struck me was that I ran into him at the winter meetings and I’m thinking, ‘nah, he’ll never remember me,’ but sure enough it was just like we had seen each other yesterday. That’s the thing about baseball. You may be with a team for just one season and you see somebody 20 years later and it’s just like you’re old college friends. John was very personable, said hello, and we chatted for a few minutes.”
Terlecky feels that Farrell will be a very good fit as the manager of the Red Sox who finished last in the American League East this season.
“I know that John is a down-to-earth guy,” said Terlecky. “Bobby [Valentine] was a little impressed with himself. I don’t think John is like that, at least in my experiences with him. I think he’ll be great for the Sox.”
Terlecky had a good feeling about Farrell’s future in baseball while they were in Waterbury.
“My job was running the business operations of the team but he was a bulldog on the mound,” said Terlecky. “He was a big strong guy with a pitcher’s thick legs. He had the physical makeup and obviously he had the mental makeup that he’s showing now. I watched him on an interview the other day and he looks like the same old John. Facially and everything, he hasn’t changed much.”
Terlecky said he’s looking forward to continuing in his role as general manager for the Navigators in the 2013 season. He announced that Richie Hebner will be returning for a second season as skipper of the Navigators.
Hurricane Sandy Update for the City of Lynn
The following update was issued in advance of the storm:
Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Lynn following Governor Deval Patrick’s declaration of a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy.
The City of Lynn is working with local, state and federal agencies to monitor and plan for the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. The City of Lynn can expect flooding, wind damage and widespread power outages.
Mayor Kennedy has setup an Emergency Operations Call Center for residents to report street flooding, downed trees, power outages or any other non-emergency concerns. This line will be open for calls 24 hours a day until the storm subsides. Residents are reminded to call 911 for emergencies only.
The City of Lynn will have a shelter located at Classical High School, 235 O’Callaghan Way. The shelter will be open at 7am on Monday, October 29th for the duration of the storm. The shelter will be able to accommodate family pets.
If you require transportation assistance to the shelter, please call Lynn City Hall anytime after 6pm on Sunday, at (781) 598-4000 and we will do our best to accommodate residents as quickly as possible.
We are encouraging residents to secure outdoor furniture or any objects that can become projectiles. Unnecessary travel is discouraged in order to keep roads clear for emergency vehicles. To learn more on how to prepare and plan for the approaching hurricane, start by visiting Ready.gov/hurricanes
City of Lynn trash collection and leaf and yard waste will be delayed by 1 day.
Parking is available at all Lynn Public School yards if any resident would like to move their vehicle to higher ground. Cars must be removed from the school lots by 7am on the day school resumes.
Residents are asked not to park their vehicles on top of any storm catch basins in the event that they need to be accessed for cleaning.
Please check the City of Lynn website for updated information at CityofLynn.net
Another resource for Lynn on Hurricane Sandy can be found at facebook.com/MayorJudithKennedy
Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency information statewide or check the MEMA website: mass.gov/mema