As expected the Red Sox officially announced Bob McClure as their new pitching coach and also added Alex Ochoa as first base coach, which … well, it makes me feel really, really old.
It’s one thing when players from your childhood start getting coaching jobs, but it’s another thing when prospects from your childhood start getting those gigs.
I can remember Ochoa being on Baseball America‘s annual top 100 prospects list every year in the mid-1990s. He never quite developed as hoped, but was a pretty solid role player for a decade or so. And now he’s a 39-year-old first base coach.
McClure takes over for Curt Young as the Red Sox’s pitching coach after filling the same role with the Royals for the past six seasons.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Major League Baseball Players Association has voted to extend the contract of executive director Tony Clark through 2027.
The 50-year-old Clark – who had a 15-year big league career, mostly with the Tigers and Diamondbacks – helped broker the players’ current labor deal with MLB. After several contentious months of negotiations, the MLBPA and MLB agreed to the new deal in March, which saved a full 162-game season.
The MLBPA confirmed Clark’s extension on Tuesday.
The five-year extension means Clark is in position to lead the players through their next deal, too. The current contract is set to expire after the 2026 season.
Clark has had a busy last few years, helping guide the players through the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season. He also helped the union add thousands of more players after the minor leagues voted to join the MLBPA earlier this year.
The Athletic first reported the news of Clark’s extension.