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Red Sox fire first base coach Ron Johnson

Oct 5, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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Tough day to be a first base coach.

Mookie Wilson is out of a job with the Mets and now Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox have fired their first base coach, Ron Johnson.

McDonald notes that Johnson spent a dozen years coaching in the Red Sox’s organization, including the past two seasons as first base coach.

He’s the first member of Terry Francona’s coaching staff to be let go and Boston didn’t wait to see if Francona’s replacement might want to keep the 55-year-old Johnson around.

  1. Cris E - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    There may not be a manager, the GM might be interviewing with another franchise, you might have blown a substantial lead and missed the playoffs, but by God you’re addressing things.

    Nothing says superficial busywork like tinkering with the first base coach, and that goes double when the next two levels of management are in flux as well. Lame.

    • Joe - Oct 6, 2011 at 9:07 AM

      So, because it wasn’t their top problem, they SHOULDN”T have fired a guy who they thought was underperforming?

  2. bloodysock - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Something tells me their is more to this dismissal. They let RJ have a very extended absence last season (his first with the major league club following his five year stint as the PawSox manager) to take care of an important personal matter, bring him back this season and now let him go?

  3. pisano - Oct 5, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Again, it seems their firing the wrong guy. I was always under the impression the GM was responsible for the manager and coaches. It just maybe the ax hasn’t fallen on Theo, but it may soon happen. If they cut Theo loose I hope they let him take his gorilla suit with him, it’s only right.

  4. aceshigh11 - Oct 5, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    If ANYONE needs to be fired, it’s Red Sox third-base coach, Tim Bogar.

    That guy blew so many calls on whether guys should be waved home or not, I have a hard time recounting all of them.

    He needs to go.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 6, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      Does anyone have a count of which teams had the most runners thrown out at home? It seems like Red Sox fans always hate our third base coaches, and — without additional evidence — I’m going to assume that our third base coaches are average.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 6, 2011 at 9:16 AM

        I mean … Dale Sveum used to be the worst. Before that, Waive ’em In, Wendell Kim. Now it’s all Tim Bogar’s fault. Maybe we’re just paying attention.

  5. paperlions - Oct 11, 2011 at 12:36 PM


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