Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will hire Curt Young as their new pitching coach.
Young was the A’s pitching coach for the past six seasons, but reportedly turned down a 40 percent raise to remain in Oakland. Instead he’ll head to Boston to replace John Farrell, who left the Red Sox to last month to become the Blue Jays’ manager.
Oakland led the AL in ERA this season and finished among the league’s top six in run prevention every year under Young, so he brings a pretty solid track record to Boston. He also worked with Red Sox manager Terry Francona when they were both members of the A’s organization back in 2003.
Yesterday the A’s promoted bullpen coach Ron Romanick as Young’s replacement.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: