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Larry Lucchino on the Red Sox: “myriad changes will be made”

Oct 8, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Larry Lucchino

If you think that firing Bobby Valentine is the only thing that’s gonna go down in Boston this offseason, you got another think coming, says Red Sox President Larry Lucchino:

“We do think that there are some things that need to be done besides this. This is not the only change that’s going to made this offseason. There are myriad changes that will be made. We’ve begun with the megatrade with the Dodgers, with the addition of Jason Varitek, with the supplement to our evaluation process with Eddie Bane, now with the managerial change, there’ll be some coaching changes. There will be a host of changes. And there will be some new personnel.”

He may have a habit of throwing people under the bus and he may have forced Bobby Valentine on Red Sox Nation in the first place, but you gotta love a guy who not only uses the word “myriad,” but who uses it without the superfluous “of” after it.  Nice one, Larry.

As for what those changes are? Heck, who knows? The free agent market is not full of game changers and the Sox don’t appear to have the pieces already in place to seriously compete.  But hey, the team president is well-spoken.

  1. b7p19 - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    “If you think that firing Bobby Valentine is the only thing that’s gonna go down in Boston this offseason, you got another think coming,”

    Thank you for actually saying that correctly. It’s not anothing THING coming people. It’s another THINK. I solute you Craig.

    • b7p19 - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      I got so excited about it I actually made up another word.

      • deathmonkey41 - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        Indeed and I salute you for that perfectly cromulent word.

      • ptfu - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

  2. bloodysock - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    It appears the coaching changes will be a nearly full change over as it seems Francona is working on getting the old band back together in Cleveland with Mills and perhaps Magadan, Tuck and a couple of others.

    • mirmz - Oct 8, 2012 at 8:24 PM

  3. crispybasil - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Hopefully one of those changes includes the appointment of a new team president/CEO.

    • stex52 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Gotta agree. If half of what I hear about him running the operation is true, the owners really do need to adress that one big problem

  4. willclarkgameface - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Lucchino is just trying to get the “varsity” healthy in Boston so he can bring you competitive, entertaining baseball in 2013.

    The only thing that interests him is the circus of Fenway, the show. He doesn’t give a shit about the team getting first place. He will be happy if they make it to the play-in game next season and lose because “well, hey…the Red Sox made it to the playoffs…”

    He’s a prick. Come on Pink Hats – don’t fall for this. BOYCOTT FENWAY.

  5. geoknows - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I didn’t realize the Red Sox had Eddie Bane on board now; that’s a coup for them. No clue what the Angels were thinking when they fired him.

  6. paperlions - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Multifarious > myriad

  7. uyf1950 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    “there will be some new personnel.” You think. I wonder how long and how many meetings the Red Sox ownership/management needed to determine that.
    Maybe someone (John Henry) needs to reevaluate Larry Lucchino’s position within that organization. Just my opinion.

  8. thesmedman - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    I wonder if that $12 m offer to Bill Beane is still on the table…

    1) They need a competent, experienced GM, to start. Spare no expense or gender. There are actually some female MLB executives who would be excellent candidates.

    2) They need a competent, experienced Manager. Experienced = recent major league managing experience.

    3) They need to let the manager hire his own staff. (i.e., let the current staff go – they’ll likely go to Cleveland anyhow)

    4) Then they need to take a very hard look at their roster.

    Farrell is NOT the answer because the issue is not simply the manager. And his managerial experience is not extensive anyhow. Some former managers not currently employed might be the way they proceed, at least for the near term, in order to calm the masses and bring some normalcy to the baseball organization, while perhaps developing a longer term prospect. Think Cox and Freddi Gonzalez, for instance.

    • paperlions - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      No team lets the manager hire his own staff anymore. Teams are trying to build a cohesive approach from rookie ball through the majors and they want to ensure that EVERYONE is on board with the conceptual approaches they use….sure, the manager can make suggestions, but every guy is going to have to be approved by the GM in most cases.

  9. chill1184 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I think every baseball fan can say to Lucchino that talk is cheap, prove it!

    • 18thstreet - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      The Red Sox are going to be pretty bad next year, regardless of what happens in the offseason. (There was reason to believe they’d be bad this year, too. They were a 3rd-place team that traded its shortstop and downgraded at closer. No reason to think they’d improve in the standings. None.)

      I don’t want to see the team chase after free agents just yet. Play the kids, sign overpriced role players to 2-year contracts so that we’re not the AAA team we saw in September, and see if you’re ready to compete in 2014 or 2015. That’s what I’d like to see. And I’d like them to hire a no-name manager I’ve never heard of to guide the process.

      • sabatimus - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        I predict 75 wins tops.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        They won 69 this year. If they get more games from Ellsbury and Ortiz it might make up for the loss of Gonzalez. I don’t see any reason to think they’ll win MORE than 69.

  10. willclarkgameface - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    These ass holes have too much pride to do so, but they need to call Kim Ng. Get her away from comatose Selig and into a GM office on Yawkey.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      It’s going to be a great day for baseball when she finally gets a GM position, and it’ll be well deserved as well.

      • paperlions - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        Agreed. I just hope it is in a better situation than the snake den that is the RS FO.

  11. randygnyc - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Contraction is the only reasonable course of action for the red sox.

    • Old Gator - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      Hee hee hee….

  12. Jack Marshall - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Sure they have the pieces in place, provided that Buchholtz and Lester just had off-years and permanently haven’t turned to crap, and that they can avoid another injury epidemic. They need a first-baseman–that’s easy; and a left-fielder. They need a #1,2 or 3 starter—presumably Dubront is a solid #4, and Lackey is #5 until he proves he’s better or worse. The bullpen should be solid, and if Bard gets it back, very solid. Presumably they will give Kalish right field, and if healthy, he’s up to it. The one big missing piece is a championship level shortstop. But the team has been without one since 2004, and has contended. Obviously there’s a lot of work to be done, but it’s far from grim.

    • sabatimus - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      I will literally vomit if I see Lackey on the mound next year. Literally. I’ll take pics of it and post them.

  13. rjostewart - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Might as well just bring up Xander Bogaerts to play short. What’s the worst that can happen?

    • rje49 - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Well, he could hit as badly as Iglesias but be a worst shortstop…

  14. jayscarpa - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    The of in ‘a myriad of’ is not superfluous.

  15. Jason @ IIATMS - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    I really would like to package Lucchino and Randy Levine in the same Phantom Zone Jor-El banished General Zod, et al, to. Let them float through space for 40 years in some mirror-like thingie, wondering how bad and evil they have been.

  16. onbucky96 - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    $$$. Red Sox to spend, really? That tells me there are too many self indulgent weiners in this town with TOO MUCH BLOODY MONEY!

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