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Red Sox add Bob McClure, Alex Ochoa to coaching staff

Dec 23, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

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As expected the Red Sox officially announced Bob McClure as their new pitching coach and also added Alex Ochoa as first base coach, which … well, it makes me feel really, really old.

It’s one thing when players from your childhood start getting coaching jobs, but it’s another thing when prospects from your childhood start getting those gigs.

I can remember Ochoa being on Baseball America‘s annual top 100 prospects list every year in the mid-1990s. He never quite developed as hoped, but was a pretty solid role player for a decade or so. And now he’s a 39-year-old first base coach.

McClure takes over for Curt Young as the Red Sox’s pitching coach after filling the same role with the Royals for the past six seasons.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 23, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    I hope that McClure does for the Red Sox pitchers what he did for the Royals pitchers.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      I may have been a bit too harsh in my comment above, as McClure should have a better pitching staff to work with in Boston than he had in KC; however, it is my understanding that the stadium in KC is more pitcher friendly than Fenway. In each of the last 6 seasons, Boston’s pitchers had a better ERA than KC’s

      • Ari Collins - Dec 23, 2011 at 11:43 PM

        Yeah, tough to tell if McClure did a good job or not, considering what he had to work with. Would the KC pitchers have been better with someone else? Or even worse?

        I do know that he’s said to have helped Greinke a lot with pitching through his anxiety, for what that’s worth.

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