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Pitching coach Young departs

By Peter Abraham and Nick Cafardo
Globe Staff / October 22, 2011

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ARLINGTON, Texas - Curt Young, who was the Red Sox’ pitching coach this season, returned to the Athletics yesterday on a one-year deal.

Young was the pitching coach in Oakland for seven years before taking a two-year deal with the Sox last winter.

His one year was not a success. Sox pitchers were ninth in the American League in ERA and their September woes were the main reason for the team’s collapse.

“Obviously it was a fun year in Boston, but not finishing the way we wanted to finish, I think has a lot to do with me being let go,’’ Young told reporters in Oakland.

Young, 51, spent 11 years in the majors (10 with Oakland) before joining the A’s as a coach.

“It’s exciting for me,’’ Young said. “I really just want to keep it at that. I get a chance to come back and be very comfortable, knowing the pitchers already, the front office, the coaching staff. It’s just exciting being able to come back.’’

The amiable, low-key Young had a far different approach than former Sox pitching coach John Farrell, and that approach may have contributed to misbehavior by the starters that included drinking during games.

The departure of Young leaves Dave Magadan, Tim Bogar, DeMarlo Hale, and Gary Tuck as the only coaches technically still with the organization. All have been told they are free to seek opportunities elsewhere.

Two Red Sox are finalists for the MLB Players Association Players Choice Awards. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a finalist for player of the year, along with Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson and Tigers ace Justin Verlander. Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon, and Rays first baseman Casey Kotchman are the finalists for comeback player of the year.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.

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