Tag:Curt Young
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:33 pm

Red Sox losing pitching coach, too

Curt YoungBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Pitching coach Curt Young has returned to the A's after serving in the same capacity for the Red Sox last season.

Young had spent 23 years with the A's before joining the Red Sox, including his time as a player, a minor league coach and serving as the pitching coach from 2004-10.

Young had a contract dispute with the A's last year, pushing his hand to leave Oakland. He returns after an eventful year in Boston, which ended with controversy over the starting pitchers' work ethic and actions during games. The Red Sox, of course, have also lost their manager and will lose their general manager. With that much unknown, he can return to the ultimate familiarity of a place where he's spent the majority of his professional career.

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Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:57 am

Red Sox pitching coach Young could return to A's

YoungBy Evan Brunell

The Athletics are searching for a new pitching coach and it could end up being their old one, MLB.com reports.

The Athletics fired pitching coach Ron Romanick after the season, having promoted him from bullpen coach to fill the void left by Curt Young, who left to Boston after a contract dispute. Young had worked as pitching coach in Oakland for seven years, and 27 years in all inside the organization. In Boston, Young oversaw a Josh Beckett resurgence, and Clay Buchholz was pitching well before falling to a back injury. However, John Lackey's struggles plus a lack of a big season out of Jon Lester shone a spotlight on Young, who also had to battle with ineffectiveness all over the staff. It's difficult to determine how much blame Young serves, but after seeing skipper Terry Francona and GM Theo Epstein leaving, Young may prefer to return to Oakland.

Young is a friend of new manager Bob Melvin in Oakland and is expected to rejoin the A's by the end of the month.

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Posted on: October 5, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2011 4:26 pm

Francona: Departure 'kind of mutual'


By Evan Brunell

Both Peter Gammons and Terry Francona appeared on WEEI. One guess what they talked about.

"I think it was very difficult on Terry," Gammons said, speaking about Boston's skid in September that left them out of the postseason. "Did it get out of control to some degree? Yeah I guess so. I think he has been portrayed too much as this guy who was cowering in a corner. ... He had been really beaten up. We've talked about it here, we've kidded about it, the tenures of managers in Boston should be judged in dog years. So at the end of 56 years of managing the Red Sox, he needed to move on."

Francona out in Boston

A lot of discussion has centered around whether Francona was fired or not, and Gammons believes that if he had not walked away, the organization would have let Francona go.

"I had a strong implication that ownership was not going to pick up the option no matter what," Gammons said. "Now, when Theo on Thursday talked to Terry and said, 'OK, we want to go in and make your case on how we move forward.' At that point, I think Terry was convinced no matter what he did or said, they weren't going to pick up the option. And I don't think Terry Francona's the type of person who is going to go in and beg for anything, and he shouldn't have to, not with his history."

It's clear that the Red Sox wanted changes, and at least publicly said they were willing to entertain Francona returning with several tweaks as to the way he did his job. But Francona's a successful manager who has a reputation, and an established way of doing business. He wasn't about to change for a skeptical ownership, so you can understand why he chose to walk away and save some face. But you can tell it wasn't entirely Tito's idea, as he mentioned when he took to the airwaves himself to discuss his departure.

"It was kind of mutual, and that's what we said," Francona said. "Even if we did win, there were things that were bothering me... It was more of an attitude toward our team that distressed me." He added that he did not know if he would have accepted a return to Boston even if he was invited back. "Regardless of how ownership feels... I had a responsibility to get something done, and I didn't get it done, and I need to wear that," he said.

From the Twitter feed of the Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson, here is a breakdown of Francona's comments:
  • "I've tried to gain some perspective. That's not the easiest thing to do."
  • On relationship with [GM Theo] Epstein: "There were days he wanted to wring my neck. I don't blame him."
  • On player leadership: "As the season progresses, teams take on a personality and an identity, and we didn't seem to be doing that."
  • On having beer in the clubhouse: "What happens in the clubhouse during the game, I wouldn't see. ... I'm not so naive to think somebody wouldn't have a beer. ... I don't know a lot about it. I don't think it's the end of the world.  ... They're men, and they deserve to be treated like it."
  • On pitching coach Curt Young, whom Red Sox Nation is calling for as a scapegoat: "This guy was as steady as you're going to find. ... If you can't listen to him, you've got a problem."
  • On FOX gig, where Francona will broadcast Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS: "I've only broadcast one other game in my life ... and I sucked. This is going to be interesting."
  • On putting Aceves in the rotation: "I don't think we could have afforded to do that, or I would have done it."
  • "The great teams, the players police themselves -- not exclusively, but ... when something's getting messy, they clean it up."
  • On talk about pitchers' conditioning: "That might be getting a little bit of a life of its own."
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Posted on: October 5, 2011 4:19 pm
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Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:04 am
Edited on: April 15, 2011 12:08 pm

Pepper: Feeding Harpermania

By Evan Brunell

HARPERMANIA: Eye on Baseball's C. Trent Rosecrans took in a game between the Hagerstown Suns and Lexington Legends on Thursday. This is relevant because Bryce Harper was in the game. Rosecran's video below shows Harper taking batting practice as well as some great shots of him hitting during the game, in which he went 1 for 3 with a double.

BASEBALL TODAY: How big of a blow is the Joe Mauer loss to the Twins? What is the latest with replay and Major League Baseball? Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to discuss the latest in baseball:

I AM 42: Friday is Jackie Robinson Day, where everyone will wear No. 42 to celebrate the breaking of the color barrier so notably demonstrated by Jackie Robinson. MLB.com has a website honoring Robinson, with MLB players discussing the importance of Robinson to the game. (Iam42.com)

HELLO, OLD FRIEND: John Farrell returns to Boston Friday as his Blue Jays come to town for a four-game series. Farrell made a major impact on the Red Sox during his time as pitching coach and there are nothing but good things said by his former compatriots. Now in Toronto, Farrell has to adjust to managing despite having zero experience in that role. (Boston Globe)

THE REPLACEMENT: Farrell's replacement is Curt Young, who spent years shaping the Athletics staff. While Boston's own staff is off to a poor start, you won't hear skipper Terry Francona disparaging Young. Nope; Francona believes Young is a great fit, while Young himself is still trying to figure out how to get the most out of his pitchers. He's already fixed a few mechanical tweaks with Clay Buchholz and convinced Daisuke Matsuzaka to start a different regimen. (Boston Herald)

RUN, DODGER, RUN: Davey Lopes' impact as baserunning coach for the Dodgers is already remarkable as they are tied with the Padres for most steals in the NL and could double their total from last season. The success rate is also way up. While part of that is thanks to signing the speedy Tony Gwynn, Jr., Lopes has made a big impact on the team as a whole. (Los Angeles Times)

PAGING OSCAR GAMBLE: Coco Crisp broke out a new look Thursday, doing away with his braids and going with an Oscar Gamble-esque look. And really, there's no better team to break out the hairdo with than the Athletics, with their history of follicial accomplishments. (San Francisco Chronicle)

DOUBLE THE PLEASURE: Having two left-handers in the bullpen is something of a luxury for Angels manager Mike Scioscia, and he's enjoying the heck out of it, especially since Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi can fill several roles. (Los Angeles Times)

LONG-LASTING RELIEF: Guillermo Mota has been one of the hardest-worked relievers in the game since 1999, and he's still kicking as he's made the Giants the last two years off a minor-league deal. (San Francisco Chronicle)

HOLD ME BACK: Evan Longoria is so pleased with his rehab from a strained left oblique that he's relying on the trainers to keep him on a tight schedule instead of accelerating the process. The Rays plan to take it conservatively with Longoria so he is fully healed and can provide his bat all season. (Tampa Tribune)

UTLEY UPDATE: There's still no timetable for second baseman Chase Utley's return, but the Phillies hope he can get onto a field in May. He did some running Wednesday, but it's still anyone's guess how long Utley will be out with patellar tendinitis. Additionally, Ryan Howard deemed himself healthy after experiencing soreness when plunked on the right wrist Wednesday night by Washington's John Lannan. (Philadelphia News)

WATCH OUT! Yep, the third video in Pepper, this one showcases one of the grounds crew falling under a tarp being rolled out at the Royals game. Despite trying to warn his co-workers, he literally had the metal canister rolled over him:

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 6:55 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm

A's name bullpen coach

The Athletics have hired Rick Rodriguez as bullpen coach, according to MLB.com. Rodriguez has been hitting coach for the A's Triple-A club in Sacramento for 10 of the past 11 seasons.

Rodriguez replaces Ron Romanick, who was promoted to succeed Curt Young as major-league pitching coach. The hire completes Bob Geren's staff.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 1:30 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 1:54 pm

Red Sox hire Young as pitching coach

The Red Sox will hire former A's pitching coach Curt Young as pitching coach as early as today, WEEI.com's Alex Speier reports .

Young declined Oakland's offer of a contract in 2011 to pursue other opportunities. That was before Ferrell was hired in Toronto, but because of his background with Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Ferrell's candidacy in Toronto, Boston was seen as a logical landing spot.

Young served as the A's pitching coach since 2004.

UPDATE: The Red Sox have officially announced the hiring of Young as the team's pitching coach.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:36 pm

A's name Romanick pitching coach

The Athletics didn't have to look far for for a pitching coach, promoting bullpen coach Ron Romanick. He replaces Curt Young, who left the team on October 24.

Romanick, who pitched three years in the majors with the Angels, had been bullpen coach for three years. Prior to that, he was Oakland's minor-league pitching coordinator for eight years.

"Everyone knows what they're getting by and large and everyone is on the same page," Romanick told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Man, that ought to get everyone fired up, eh?

-- David Andriesen

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