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Red Sox fire strength and conditioning coach, assistant trainer

Nov 3, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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Beer, fried chicken, and video games specifically got all the headlines, but various Red Sox players simply not being in peak physical condition was also an issue this season and today Boston fired strength and conditioning coach Dave Page along with assistant trainer Greg Barajas.

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com notes that Page was with the Red Sox since 1996 and won the Professional Baseball Strength Coach of the Year award in 2007, while Barajas joined the big-league staff in 2010 after many years in the minors.

Bradford reports that “the Red Sox plan on restructuring some of their approach toward the strength, conditioning, and medical side of the organization.”

When your job is “strength and conditioning coach” and the team’s conditioning is in serious question that makes getting fired something less than a shock, but the scapegoats in Boston are getting so plentiful that it’s tough to keep track at this point.

  1. toosoxy - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Wonder who the next to bite the dust will be?

    • shaggylocks - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:03 PM

      Those bat boys were getting mighty complacent down the stretch…

  2. frankvzappa - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Hopefully they fire those clowns on the medical staff next.

    • bigleagues - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      Dr. Gill is considered one of the top orthopedic doctors in the country at one of the best hospitals in the world. I’d be very surprised if they axed his staff.

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    That makes 5 I believe that have either been fired, left on their own or saw the handwriting on the wall (GM, Manager, Pitching Coach, and now the S&C Coach and Asst. Trainer). When will some of the players who actually performed so poorly in September find new homes?

    • bloodysock - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:05 PM

      Add 1B coach to your list.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:09 PM

        Thank you. That makes 6 then.

  4. halladaysbiceps - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    “the Red Sox plan on restructuring some of their approach toward the strength, conditioning, and medical side of the organization.”

    I hear the new strength and conditioning coach will be Richard Simmons. He will institute a deal a meal program and sweating to the oldies regiment. The assistant trainer will be Billy Blanks. He will be instituting a Tae-Bo program.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:18 PM

      I wonder if the Sox have given any thought to hiring Jared Fogle (from the Subway ads) as their official eat healthy person. There has to be an opening somewhere in the Sox organization for him.

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:25 PM

        Jared from Subway would be an excellent choice. Subway also did wonders for Ryan Howard and his previous weight issue. Howard is a spokesman as well for Subway (at least commercial wise).

      • sportsdrenched.com - Nov 3, 2011 at 3:40 PM

        I originally thought Jared would be a terrible choice because there is a difference between “obese to healthy”, and “healthy to world class shape.”

        But then I realized the Red Sox still have to get to the healthy stage.

        So yeah, Jared Fogle excellent choice.

  5. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Nov 3, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    I heard that the Red Sox workout consisted of only doing biceps during the games…………

    High Rep curls with 12oz Sam Adams, surprising that didn’t get them in shape for the stretch run.

  6. bigleagues - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    This is actually a big deal as Page is considered one of the best. There really must been an issue with how he was interacting with the players.

  7. kiwicricket - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    The trainer who kept trotting out there without wearing socks needs to be let go….for that offense alone.

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