The first falls for the disappointing 2006 Red Sox season came today in the forms of hitting coach Ron Jackson and pitching coach Dave Wallace. Their contracts will not be renewed for the 2007 season by mutual agreement.
Jackson spent four years as the Red Sox hitting coach after being appointed to that position prior to the 2003 season. Wallace joined Boston as interim pitching coach in June 2003 and assumed the position on a fulltime basis the following season. He missed the first half of the 2006 season due to illness, returning to the team in midseason after undergoing hip replacement surgery earlier this year.
Neither Jackson nor Wallace is expected to remain with the Red Sox organization in a different capacity.
The Red Sox finished the 2006 season with an 86-76 record, good for third place in the American League East. It is the first time Boston has not finished in second in the past nine years. As a team, they hit .269, 12th in the American League, and finished with a 4.83 team ERA, 11th-best in the AL.