With John Farrell crossing the border to join the Toronto Blue Jays as their next manager, the Boston Red Sox were left with a vacancy at pitching coach.
After a few weeks of speculation, that even had former pitching coach and interim manager, Joe Kerrigan, mentioned as a possible replacement, the Boston Red Sox are set to announce Tuesday afternoon that Curt Young will be the person replacing Farrell.
Young spent the past seven season’s with the Oakland Athletics as pitching coach, mentoring the likes of Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, Dan Haren, Trevor Cahill, and Andrew Bailey, while helping these notable stars mature and cash in on big pay-days (from other teams).
After seven years of consistent service, the A’s offered Young a one-year deal this off-season and even though the offer was rumored to be a sustantial raise, the 50-year-old turned down Oakland in order to interview with the Boston Red Sox.
Oakland’s one-year offer was a slap in the face for Young, who compiled his best season up-to-date in 2010, while handling the youngest pitching staff in the league, which posted the lowest ERA (3.58) in the AL.
The Sox and Young are a natural fit because Terry Francona served as the A’s bench coach in 2003, before he became manager of the Red Sox (thanks Grady Little), as Francona had the opportunity to work alongside Young and see how well he handles pitchers.
With prima donna’s in Jonathan Papelbon, Daisuake Matsuzaka, and Josh Beckett, as well as a need for a reliable bullpen in 2011, the Sox hope Curt Young’s success in AL West with the Oakland Athletics will transfer over with the Red Sox in a very tough, and always improving, AL East.