The Boston Red Sox announced on Tuesday that Curt Young will step in as the teams new pitching coach. He will be replacing John Farrell, who was named manager of the Toronto Blue Jays earlier last week. Young has spent 23 years with the Oakland Athletics organization. During his time as pitching coach he helped the A’s reach an American League best 4.03 ERA and held opponents to an AL low .257 batting average. In 2009 Oakland led the league in ERA (3.56) and shutouts (17).
Young also provides a great deal of playing experience, pitching for ten seasons that include Oakland’s 1988 and 1990 World Series appearances. “I’m looking forward to hearing things that are important to him, and having some back and forth, some fresh ideas,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “It’s exciting. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some really good coaches, and this was an important hire. Losing John Farrell was a big deal. Getting Curt Young is a big deal, and we’re really excited.” Francona and Young worked together back in 2003 when Francona was a bench coach for the A’s and Young was manager for the Triple-A club.
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