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Red Sox to name Bob McClure as next pitching coach

Dec 21, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT

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As first reported by Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM Radio, the Red Sox are preparing to name Bob McClure as their next pitching coach.

McClure was a major league pitcher from 1975-1993, posting a 3.81 career ERA over 1158-plus innings. He joined the coaching ranks in 1999, first serving as a pitching instructor in the Rockies organization before moving on to the position of big league pitching coach in Kansas City. The Royals fired him in September of this year after six years on the job.

McClure will be replacing Curt Young, who was let go by the Red Sox soon after the departure of manager Terry Francona. Boston posted a 4.20 team ERA in 2011, which ranked 22nd in the major leagues.

  1. aaronzona2011 - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    good hire

    • tashkalucy - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:24 PM


      • aaronzona2011 - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:54 PM

        why not? they needed a pitching coach and this guy’s resume has pitching coach on it.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:46 AM

        He did last 6 years as the *pitching* coach of the Royals. That probably says something, right? Good hire, now find him some pitching to work with.

  2. bozosforall - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Doesn’t matter…the chokers won’t make the playoffs this coming season.

  3. - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    I know the Royals situation isn’t great. And I have my doubts about how much a pitching coach can affect a pitching staff…but have fun with that Red Sox fans.

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