Having had some time to digest Farrell's loathsome slither over to Beantown (and subsequent World Series Title...) I found the recent article in the Sun pretty interesting and revealing.
First off, I've got the utmost respect for Omar Vizquel, and while his tenure as a Blue Jay was brief and statistically ineffective, you can't deny that he had a great career, was well respected by many in the game, and seems a worthy of a Hall-Call in the future.
Classy move paying for Alvarez's family's flight from Venezuela, and while I can see his displeasure with Farrell altering the rotation, the manager always reserves the right to try to put his team in the best position to compete day-in and day-out. Farrell really could have taken the high road if he had offered to pay for the family to fly to Boston to watch Alvarez pitch. Now that would have been a classy gesture!
Ultimately, I think Omar was right in calling Farrell out at the end of the season for his lack of discipline. Mistakes can not go unaddressed - and that season, there were plenty of consistent mistakes, made by a whole host of Jays. I don't care if you're Brett Lawrie - the prized prospect, or Colby Rasmus - the big piece that your GM brought in (or anyone else for that matter)...How many times did Lawrie run into outs on the bases, or did Colby miss a cut-off man by a Country-mile?!? If players make the same mistakes time and time again, you need to find a way to break the habit. If that means stapling their behind to the bench for a couple of games than do it. Too many games are lost with poor fundamentals. Fans often cry over missed opportunities for "development" in young players, citing they need more ABs, more repetitions, more playing time or more work with a certain coach. Sometimes the best thing for a player's development is to get a wake up call. No player is bigger than the team, and if the organization wants to be successful, they must demand execution from every player; Star or Scrub.
Omar is as old-school as they come, so I can see how it would have been difficult for him to sit back and see simple plays get botched all season long, without the threat of reduced playing time or at least an earful from the manager. Good on AA for NOT releasing Vizquel. If Farrell sough not to reprimand his players all season long for simple mistakes, and then was prepared to release a guy like Vizquel over an incident where Omar voiced his genuine concern for the team's well-being, then clearly Farrell missed the point. We can't pretend to know how Omar went about things in the clubhouse, and perhaps he didn't direct his concerns to Farrell in the right way, but I think ultimately his intent was to help the team.
Hopefully Alex Anthopoulos and John Gibbons have taken these lessons to heart. Both seem intent on fielding a more fundamentally sound ball club this year, and I would imagine that there are plenty of players that will have a short leash. We are supposed to be a contender this year, so if a player is hurting the team with consistent mistakes, I wouldn't be surprised to see Gibby sit them down. AA also has shown a willingness to cut-ties with players that prove incapable of playing fundamental baseball (Bonafacio, Arencibia) so this bodes well for 2014.