Red Sox Hire Curt Young As Pitching Coach

The Red Sox hired Curt Young as their new pitching coach, according to WEEI's Alex Speier.  The team already made a formal announcement.  Young, formerly of the Athletics, replaces John Farrell.  Farrell is now manager of the Blue Jays.  A few other Red Sox notes from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe


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56 Comments on "Red Sox Hire Curt Young As Pitching Coach"


Trent South
4 years 8 months ago

It’s going to be tough to replace Ferrell, but hopefully he can get it done.

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

Dude, Curt Young is a way better pitching coach than Farrel, they made a huge upgrade

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

Dude, Curt Young is a way better pitching coach than Farrel, they made a huge upgrade

wickedkevin
4 years 8 months ago

I am very excited about Curt Young joining the Sox.

johnsilver
4 years 8 months ago

On the cover it looks interesting and best of all options out theres. Really hope it works out and all, but really would have been pleased if Farrell had decided to return when it is all said and done. You just have to wonder when this coach will decide to up and leave for a managing position now.

jb226
4 years 8 months ago

That’s not always a bad thing.

A coach who can “decide to up and leave for a managing position” means he is one of the best coaches in the business, not only at his specific coaching job but as a baseball man in general. Those are the kind of people you want working for you, even if you do occasionally lose some.

The alternative is a guy who you have no fear of losing because nobody else wants him at the price you can offer. That’s an “ehh” moment for me.

johnsilver
4 years 8 months ago

Wasn’t knocking on Young, am sure he will probably do a decent job and Boston overall has had some outstanding coaches since Henry and Epstein started running the team as it should be.

My worry here is that the pitchers were used to Farrell’s philosophy, some pitchers in the past came to the team because of Farrell and his style and with a coach here (Young) that has been successful with another team, established veterans such as Lackey, Beckett, Papelbon and the never know what you are going to get for a reaction Matsuzaka may not be open to change.

The staff for the most part is made up of veterans and not made up of a flow of constant changing rookies, or pitchers with just a few years of service under their belts that Young had to work with in Oakland and in Boston, this is totally different situation he will be working with and hope that both sides will be able to bend some.

4 years 8 months ago

Well first of all, established veteran pitchers don’t change their style based upon who is their pitching coach, especially not the four most stubborn pitchers in baseball (Matsuzaka, Beckett, Lackey and Papelbon). It wasn’t Farrell’s fault, but those pitchers didn’t exactly live up to expectations so why is it a bad thing to change, even if it is just psychological? Matsuzaka was never on the Red Sox plan anyways, so I’m sure he is excited for a change.

dascual
4 years 8 months ago

I’m excited at the thought of JP joining the Red Sox staff.

p.s. I’m a Jays fan.

AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
4 years 8 months ago

The jays will still suck, so it’s not like it matters :)

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

halloween’s over take off the troll costume

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

JP is going to be on sandwhich duty and coffee runs.

Tacho Bill
4 years 8 months ago

Ortiz is ridiculous if he thinks he’s getting a multi-year deal. I’m a Pirates fan, and if even they did that for him, I’d be incensed.

4 years 8 months ago

The Bucs owners are too busy spending their revenue sharing on god-knows-what to worry about signing free agents….

Zuidvogels
4 years 8 months ago

They are one of the highest spending teams when it comes to international FA and in the draft. That’s what they spend their $ on.

Hermie13
4 years 8 months ago

And European soccer teams……woops, I mean European football teams

Zuidvogels
4 years 8 months ago

Thats’s the NESV. Not the Pirates

Hermie13
4 years 8 months ago

And European soccer teams……woops, I mean European football teams

callanpalooza
4 years 8 months ago

Having coaches leave for managerial vacancies should always be the goal – means you have the best people contributing to your organization.

0bsessions
4 years 8 months ago

*Had

Sawksfan
4 years 8 months ago

This is good news. Yes, as much as I’d like to keep Ferrell, the pitching has tailed off since 2007 when he came on. Meanwhile, Young has had a great track record with Oakland’s young pitchers over the last 7 years. Oakland has ranked no lower than 6th in staff ERA. Last 3 years pitching staff ranked 1st, 3rd, 4th in AL. Bullpen 7th, 1st, 2nd. Also JP possibly joining the FO? Didn’t see that coming.

I’m a huge Ortiz fan, but he needs to can it. I hope the Sox offer something like 2 years $15M total with incentives that could push it to like $20-25M. He needs to appreciate that his option now at $12.5M would be exactly what’d he’d get on the open market, except it’d be over the course of 2 years LOL. Maybe if he wouldn’t get off to a slow start in April/May over last two years, Sox would be more willing to offer more years. His numbers have been decent at the end, but he limits the Sox in that he can’t play any other position. He should consider himself lucky he’s getting paid that much and honor the contract.

4 years 8 months ago

Nice hiring by the Red Sox.

Transactions:
Yankees move OF Melky Mesa and C/DH Jesus Montero into the 40-Man Roster. There isn’t any news on it but I saw it on the roster myself.

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

They had spaces open with free agents who filled last night, pretty non news. don’t expect anything

start_wearing_purple
4 years 8 months ago

Former A’s pitching coach, already know he’s got awesome creds.

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

No matter what he’s going to look like a genius next year, no way that staff doesn’t get better next year.

Fangaffes
4 years 8 months ago

Absolutely. For starters, we have odd-year Beckett, who is way better than even-year Beckett.

0bsessions
4 years 8 months ago

It’s staggeringly true in the basic stats, though 2008 was actually his best year with Boston so far from an xFIP standpoint.

4 years 8 months ago

He actually pitched really well in 2008 until the end of the season. 2007 he was consistently dominant throughout though, and then had that great October.

4 years 8 months ago

He actually pitched really well in 2008 until the end of the season. 2007 he was consistently dominant throughout though, and then had that great October.

0bsessions
4 years 8 months ago

It’s staggeringly true in the basic stats, though 2008 was actually his best year with Boston so far from an xFIP standpoint.

4 years 8 months ago

Well, I hated Farrell and Young did an amazing job in Oakland, so hooray!

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

why the hate?

4 years 8 months ago

ignorance most likely…

4 years 8 months ago

ignorance most likely…

4 years 8 months ago

farrell did a great job hopefully curt young will be even better, both great coaches

JDortmunder
4 years 8 months ago

Ortiz will now need to have a good year. Not a bad position for the RS to be in. He’ll hopefully report in that slimmed down version we saw by the all-star break and be ready to roll. If he puts up .260/35 numbers he will likely get a decent 2 year deal by some AL team for 2012.

JDortmunder
4 years 8 months ago

Ortiz will now need to have a good year. Not a bad position for the RS to be in. He’ll hopefully report in that slimmed down version we saw by the all-star break and be ready to roll. If he puts up .260/35 numbers he will likely get a decent 2 year deal by some AL team for 2012.

Zuidvogels
4 years 8 months ago

Ortiz is gonna talk himself right out of Boston with those demands. He won’t be happy being back for 12.5M next season. He won’t be happy if they offer him a Vlad type deal, which is really what a DH only player is going for these days. Is he really gonna be happy with a 2 year offer at a less AAV, which is bound to be his only multi year offers. He should have been begging for that option to get picked up.

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

Thats been my point this whole time, if i was his friend i would tell him to shut the hell up and laugh all the way to the bank and savor his last year making 12 million dollars to go up to bat and sit on his big papi, go up to bat, and sit on his big papi, no one would give him 7 million a year if he was a free agent, if he gets his way he will get his 12 million, over the course of three years!!!

Sawksfan
4 years 8 months ago

Would anyone be upset to let Ortiz walk and they sign Vlad? Sox would save some $$$ and probably get better production. Just a thought.

Hermie13
4 years 8 months ago

Heck, let Ortiz go and sign Jim Thome. Wouldn’t lose much and save even more money. Would fill the same role, plus doesn’t need to play everyday so can rotate a guy like Drew into the DH role at times to give him “rest”. Thome wants a ring bad…..still think he stays in Minny….but Boston would be tempting.

4 years 8 months ago

Ehh I wouldn’t mind if they let him walk, but I wouldn’t be too excited about Vlad. Adam Dunn on the otherhand…

Sawksfan
4 years 8 months ago

Now THAT is another situation. I remember reading that Dunn doesn’t want to DH, but just looking and his defensive #’s weren’t too shabby at 1B, plus he can play OF. He will cost maybe 3-4 years, $45-60M, but at least he has more versatility. Maybe Sox let Papi walk, sign Dunn, then switch him to RF when Drew is up and sign Gonzo/Fielder? Just throwing some “what ifs” around.

Tko11
4 years 8 months ago

Dunn in RF at Fenway = a bad situation. Dunn as DH at Fenway is a better idea if he was willing.

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

I remember reading somewhere that when you give a player X amount of dollars they will play wherever you throw them, Dunn will get over himself if they pay him enough money and hey he may actually LIKE being a DH and not playing such crappy defense.

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

another note is i would rather pay Dunn 12.5 million than Ortiz…..

4 years 8 months ago

Ehh I wouldn’t mind if they let him walk, but I wouldn’t be too excited about Vlad. Adam Dunn on the otherhand…

johnsilver
4 years 8 months ago

If ortiz goes, the exact same, non fielding player on the roster is the LAST thing they need to replace him with.

They had another exactly like him in ’73 named HOF’er Orlando Cepada for you youngsters, look him up.. They flat out released him after a VERY productive season as a DH only also to free up a roster spot.

Ortiz is running his mouth too much. Let him go the way of “Cha Cha” ortiz ain’t nearly as important as he thinks he is.

Zuidvogels
4 years 8 months ago

I think the tam would be better off signing Dunn t eb the teams DH for the next 4-5 years.

Sawksfan
4 years 8 months ago

Would anyone be upset to let Ortiz walk and they sign Vlad? Sox would save some $$$ and probably get better production. Just a thought.

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

and by the way, Bill Hall will be back, just not for 9 million, he will be back for about 3-4 million.

Hermie13
4 years 8 months ago

I think it’s less than 50-50 he’s back. Hall could land a starting gig somewhere, and probably get more than $4M doing it. Played very good defense at more than 1 position. If Casey Blake is getting $6M, Hall deserves it too. Unless Hall decides he wants to be on a contender more than playing time/money, he’ll be gone.

Sawksfan
4 years 8 months ago

So much for JP coming to Boston. Mets got him.

Hermie13
4 years 8 months ago

Somehow I don’t think Red Sox fans are too shook up about this lol

Hermie13
4 years 8 months ago

Somehow I don’t think Red Sox fans are too shook up about this lol

4 years 8 months ago

Dammit. Why did the A’s not resign him? Whatever our pitching staff is already tops in the AL.