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A’s want pitching coach Curt Young back from Red Sox

Oct 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

Curt Young

Right around this time last fall Curt Young resigned as A’s pitching coach to take the same job with the Red Sox, but a year later Young may be returning to Oakland.

Jane Lee of reports that Young “is expected to be reeled back to the Bay Area by the end of the month” because he’s friends with Oakland manager Bob Melvin and “represents the A’s top target at the moment.”

For now Young has a year remaining on his Red Sox contract, but the starting rotation’s September collapse followed by Terry Francona’s departure has led to some speculation that Young could be the next member of the coaching staff to go.

Young was the A’s pitching coach for seven seasons before joining the Red Sox and his replacement in Oakland, Ron Romanick, was fired shortly after the season ended.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Fine by me. Young always seemed to be clueless out there when making mound visits, I know I couldn’t hear what they were saying but I always felt like he was being dragged out there to talk to the pitchers…in which it seemed that he said very little.

    • bigleagues - Oct 20, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      He’s actually a very good Coach by nearly account, but Young just wasn’t a good fit in the wake of Farrell’s departure.

      No one f**ks with Farrell.

      In fact, I know Farrell wasn’t interested in being locked in for longer than he was but I wish the Red Sox could have had one more year on his exclusivity clause. If they had, the managerial search would have over and done with 3 weeks ago.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Oct 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    So what big league prospect will the Red Sox demand for Curt Young?

    • Graves - Oct 20, 2011 at 11:23 AM

      Gio Gonzalez straight-up.

    • bigleagues - Oct 20, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      Nothing. In fact, we’re already taking a collection via PayPal to pay for his flight.

      (this is satire. do not under any circumstances send money to that email address . . . no matter how badly you want this to be true)

  3. pisano - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Their jumping ship like rats in beantown.

  4. marshmallowsnake - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Maybe the Sox will ask for Gio Gonzalez in return?

    • marshmallowsnake - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:54 PM

      ^^ Obvious sarcasm.

  5. clydeserra - Oct 20, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Young left the A’s in mysterious circumstances. He was offered a 2 year contract and declined, saying some weird things to the press afterwards.

    The all of a sudden he was signing a 2 year deal with boston.

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