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Pitching coach Curt Young leaves Red Sox, returns to A’s

Oct 21, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

Boston Red Sox new pitching coach Curt Young watches Andrew Miller throw during workouts in Ft. Myers Reuters

UPDATE: Apparently the interview went well, because Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Young has left the Red Sox and rejoined the A’s.

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Jane Lee of MLB.com reported yesterday that Oakland is interested in rehiring pitching coach Curt Young after he left the A’s to take the same job with the Red Sox this season and sure enough according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe permission has been granted for an interview.

That seems like mostly just a formality, because presumably general manager Billy Beane and the rest of the A’s decision-makers know exactly how they feel about Young after he spent the previous seven seasons as Oakland’s pitching coach.

Toss in the fact that Young is friends with Bob Melvin, who took over as manager around midseason, and the writing is definitely on the wall for a reunion following one shaky year in Boston.

It’s also worth noting that Clay Buchholz didn’t exactly seem upset at the possibility of Young leaving when asked about the situation during a radio interview yesterday, explaining how much more laid back Young was compared to former pitching coach John Farrell and indicating that few pitchers on the staff went to Young for help.

  1. Cris E - Oct 21, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    The A’s are looking for a good in-game caterer that can work with pitchers.

  2. bigleagues - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Aaron:

    Too much is being made of what Buchholz said about Young.

    ANYONE shy of Nelson Van Alden (Boardwalk Empire reference) would be more laid back than John Farrell. Farrell was much publicized in Boston as someone you don’t mess with.

    Think of Farrell along the lines of Eric Wedge and Young along the lines of Barry Zito.

  3. APBA Guy - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    This is a good thing for the A’s, as Young is familiar with not only the pitchers currently with the big club and AAA Sacramento, but also with the catchers. The A’s pitchers really look up to Kurt Suzuki, regarding him like a kindly and wise “big brother”, who also happens to be very good defensively.

    I’m sure Boston fans, from what I read on this site, don’t care if Young leaves, since it’s easy to blame him for the Sox pitching breakdown at the end of 2011. His track record with Oakland suggests that not only does he know what he’s talking about, but he’s effective in communicating it. Look for a rebound year from Trevor Cahill and solid progress from the other Oakland starters as a result of this move.

    As for Boston, it will be interesting to see how they regroup. The staff itself has a lot of talent. But based on their behavior, comments, and above all, their performance, questions about their professional makeup are legitimate ones.

  4. uyf1950 - Oct 21, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    It’s interesting to see a team that many expected could win 100 games and challenge for the World Series now has let it’s GM, Manager and Pitching Coach go who else in the administration is expendable?

    And when will some of the players who were actually responsible for the Sox poor performance in September find themselves on “other” teams. You would figure the Sox can’t head into the 2012 campaign with all the same players except Drew who is a free agent.

    A lot of work ahead for the Sox on the field. What to do about Youkilis, his health has to be a concern. Then there is Lackey, what to do about him. Does the team pick up Scuatro’s option. Is Reddick the “guy” in RF now, with Drew’s FA. Who replaces Dice K on the roster. What about Buchholz? He’s only come close to playing a full season once in the last 4 years. Then there is the FA’s of Papelbon and Ortiz. Bard obviously isn’t ready to replace Papelbon and forget about Jenks as a replacement. While we are on the topic of pitchers Bedard, Wheeler and Wakefield are probably gone and will probably need to be replaced. And Ortiz, what to do about him. Resign him for a couple of years at about $20 to $25M total or let him walk and try and replace a 30 HR, 100 RBI guy. Lastly, let’s not forget how do the Sox get more out of a guy that still has 6 years left on a $142M contract in LF who by all objective accounts was to say the least a disappointment in 2011. Yes, quite a lot of work ahead of them.

    Obviously not a Sox fan, but it promises to be a very interesting next few months for the Red Sox and their fans.

  5. psousa1 - Oct 21, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    uyf1950 – for not being a sox fan it is a very astute post. Being a sox fan they need to re-sign Ortiz. He was one of the most effective hitters in the AL this season. If Theo Epstein stayed Ortiz would not be re-signed. I think he is now of the thinking that a DH is a position where you rest a guy. Bull. Texas and Detroit had very good DH’s and it got them to the ALCS. Larry Lucchinno does not like to part with his face of the franchise players so I think Ortiz would be back. I don’t think they can count on Youkilis at 3rd for a full season. I believe he has great value at first base – he won a gold glove there 3 years ago and he could be a pretty good trade chip as long as his hip is still in place. Not sure who is out there to replace him at 3rd though. They MUST keep Papelbon. He was the only pitcher on the entire staff who pitched well from start to finish (except the last inning of the last game after he got 2 outs). I am hoping with Epstein gone the culture, which I think he encouraged, of pitchers going 6 innings must stop. These guys are young enough and strong enough to complete games and throw 130 pitchers. When Nolan Ryan took over Texas two years ago he said that starting pitchers must pitch until they are finished no less. None of the 5-6 inning start, middle, left hand setup, right hand set up and closer nonsense Look at them the last two years. I’m hoping they land Dave Martinez, Tampa’s bench coach and Don Cooper the white sox pitching coach now that Ozzie is no longer there.

    There needs to be a complete culture shift in Boston and ownership knows it.

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    My guess is this is one of the only instances in which a club that won 90 games experiences a total offseason teardown. Maybe they should look for new ownership and a new pitching rotation to complete it

  7. pisano - Oct 21, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Good move Curt, it’s always smart to get off a sinking ship.

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