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Red Sox “resistant” to Bill Buckner joining coaching staff

Dec 5, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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Bobby Valentine wants to add Bill Buckner to the Red Sox coaching staff, but Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that “the team’s front office is resistant to the idea.”

Valentine and Buckner have been friends for 40 years, but of course that takes a backseat to Buckner’s history in Boston and he hasn’t coached in the majors since 1997.

Back then he was the White Sox’s hitting coach, but the Red Sox announced last week that Dave Magadan will return as their hitting coach in 2012 and Buckner spent this year managing the independent league Broxton Rox to a 51-42 record (and perhaps most importantly, brilliantly playing himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm).

  1. Marc - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    I agree with the Red Sox, clearly anyone with only 2,715 major league hits is under qualified to contribute to a brain trust headed by a man famous for wearing a fake mustache.

    • 2r2d - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      ha ha, good one

    • Ari Collins - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Many good hitters have been terrible hitting coaches. The fact that he hasn’t had a coaching job in 15 years might say something. (Or it might not; maybe he just hasn’t wanted to coach again until now?) And Valentine is not running the show.

      Other than that… spot on?

      • woodenulykteneau - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:49 PM

        He managed the Brockton Rox (2011) and was the hitting coach for the White Sox from 1996-1997 — both of which are within the last 15 years.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:21 AM

        Broxton Rox is not exactly the major leagues. And 1997 will be 15 years ago in a month. I guess that was a slight exaggeration on my part?

  2. Detroit Michael - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    It seems to me that the organization should desire an approach that starts with “what are we looking for from each particular coach?” then “what qualifications should applicants have to indicate that they will fit what we are looking for?” and lastly “who should we consider interviewing?” If the process is “It would be nice to employ Bill Buckner so let’s see where we can fit him in,” then management should disagree with Valentine’s suggestion.

    • paperlions - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:30 PM

      To me the process should be, let’s hire the best guy to be the GM and then get out of his way and let him do his job….you know…because we think is he the most qualified to do it. Similarly, if they just spent a month massaging the narrative to hire Valentine and they believe he is the best man to manage the team, then let the guy do the job you just hired him for….by letting him pick his own coaches.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:45 PM

        That’s funny coming from you PL, as you never agree with what any GM ever does… ;>P

      • paperlions - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        First, not true, or even close.

        Second, I didn’t hire anyone to do a job and then get in his way at every turn.

        If you hire someone to do a job…then let them do it….if you don’t have sufficient confidence in them that you have to constantly meddle, then you shouldn’t have hired them….and you sure as hell shouldn’t fire them for failure if you keep stepping on their toes.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:09 PM

        I guess the funny face wasn’t enough and I should have spelled it out and flew a banner that says #Sarcasm….

  3. spizzjr - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Haha irony former met manager wanting to add the guy who gave the mets the 1986 world series lmao

    • clydeserra - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:19 PM

      If Buckner fields that ball cleanly, its tied and goes to extra innings.

      • 18thstreet - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM

        Mookie beats him to the bag.

    • jerseyshoregiant - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:35 PM

      You seem to forget that the Red Sox also blew a lead in game 7!!!

  4. jwbiii - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Is Calvin

    • jwbiii - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:10 PM

      Schiraldi available?

  5. proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    John Gibbons is available.

  6. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    If they bring in Bruckner it will be the worst distraction in the history of baseball … oh, wait that was Mark McGwire … never mind.

    • wendell7 - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:12 PM

      I can’t see how McGwire was a distraction at all. He sure didn’t get in the way of his employer’s persuit of a WS title.

      • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM

        Neither can I, but Jon Heyman and Peter Gammons said exactly that.

      • bozosforall - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:07 PM

        Gammons is a typical Red Sux idiot fan.

    • jerseyshoregiant - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      I don’t know this “Bruckner” you speak of but Buckner on the other hand was a heck of player.

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    You hire Valentine. You have to let Valentine hire the coaches he trusts. Marlins fans know what a POS owner John Henry is. True colors are showing.

    • bozosforall - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:39 PM

      POS Owner of a POS franchise with POS fans.

      • bobwsc - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:09 PM

        you put the “POS” in “poster” buddy.

      • 18thstreet - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:25 PM

        Did Biceps rejoin under a different name?

      • cur68 - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:22 PM

        Nah. ‘Cepts never stooped to this kind of random baiting. You had to go after him either personally or through saying stuff about the Phillys. This bozo just turns up to rile people because he’s and ass.

      • bozosforall - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:47 PM

        so cur, basically…biceps needed you guy to “randomly bait” him first, saying either personal things about him or saying stuff about the Phillies? Given the prolific output of biceps, that must have amounted to a whole lot of “random baiting” on your parts.

        Hey, pot…it’s me, kettle.

  8. bozosforall - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    bobwsc – Dec 5, 2011 at 3:09 PM
    you put the “POS” in “poster” buddy.

    Still better than you will ever be, numbnuts.

    • bobwsc - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM

      keyboard tough-guy, clap clap clap-clap-clap

      • bozosforall - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM

        Says a guy behind his own keyboard…to a bunch of other guys behind theirs.

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