Young replaces Farrell

While replacing John Farrell as pitching coach was a less than ideal endeavor, it worked out about as well as possible for the Red Sox, as they were able to land one of the best in the game in Curt Young.

Under Young’s tutelage, the A’s posted the best ERA in the American League last season, at 3.58. He turned down the offer to return to the A’s shortly after it became clear Farrell was leaving Boston to become the manager of the Blue Jays.

“We are lucky to be able to add an experienced pitching coach the caliber of Curt Young to the organization,” said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. “Curt has a proven track record of success in this job, mixing excellent relationship-building skills with expert knowledge of pitching and how to get hitters out at the Major League level. Pitchers who have worked with Curt swear by him, and the results speak for themselves. We think he will work well with our pitching staff and within the culture of our clubhouse.”

Here is some other relevant info, clipped from the press released issued by the Red Sox:

“The 50-year-old Young has spent the last seven seasons as the Oakland Athletics pitching coach from 2004-10.  Under his guidance, Oakland pitchers have posted an American League best 4.03 ERA (4,535 ER/10,135.1 IP) and held opponents to an AL low .257 batting average (9,939-for-38,616) while allowing the fewest home runs in the circuit (1,062).  A’s hurlers led the American League with a 3.56 ERA (566 ER/1,431.2 IP) in 2010 and topped the league with 17 shutouts.  The staff also allowed the fewest hits (1,315), runs (626) and earned runs (566) in the AL this season and faced the fewest batters (6,011) in the Majors.  Additionally, Oakland starters posted a Major League best 3.47 ERA (383 ER/992.0 IP), the lowest such mark in the AL since 1990.

Young began his coaching career in Oakland’s minor league system in 2000, serving as pitching coach for Double-A Midland.  His Midland staff compiled a 4.64 ERA that season, which was the lowest figure posted by the club in 15 years.  In 2001, Midland pitchers bettered the previous year’s figure by 24 points, finishing with a 4.40 ERA, and in 2002 the RockHounds finished with a 3.88 ERA.  Young was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento for the 2003 season and the River Cats posted the fourth best ERA in the Pacific Coast League at 3.90 en route to the PCL Championship.

Originally drafted by the A’s in the fourth round of the 1981 June draft out of Central Michigan University, Young pitched parts of 11 Major League seasons with Oakland  (1983-91, 1993), Kansas City (1992) and the New York Yankees (1992).  The left-hander compiled a 69-53 record and a 4.31 ERA (530 ER/1,107.0 IP) in 251 appearances (162 starts) and was a member of the A’s starting rotation when they won three consecutive American League pennants from 1988-90.”

5 Comments

Well this board is officially dead. Bad year for Sox. It’s allowed. Sorry to head about Sparky Anderson. Tough break. I’m really sad to hear about his demise.
Sox will have an interesting off season. Good start with the pitching coach. Strangely coincidental how Farrell gets out and how the Sox happen to land one of the best in the game. If I were a conspiracy theorist…hmmm..

Hey, Dave! Bringing this board back to life? ;)
Really tough to hear about Sparky Anderson. I highly respected him, even before I knew of his connection to the Big Red Machine. One of the best in the game.

Reportedly, Beltre has declined his 2011 player option.

The Red Sox have picked up Papi’s option. $12.5 M for a DH.
I suggest that the Sox send send Papi to Pawtucket for extended ST and bring him back in May. A game in April is as important as one in September.

I was also sad to hear of Sparky Anderson’s passing. I understand he was suffering from Dimentia, so he’s in a better place now. He did a lot for the game, and for a lot of people.

It’s good Ortiz is staying, but they are paying him way too much money.

Maybe Young will teach Sox pitchers how to hold runners on base, and also how to field their position. If he can do that, he’ll be a good pitching coach.

Sox need to make an effort to retain Beltre.

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