The Red Sox today named Curt Young as pitching coach to replace the departed John Farrell, who left Boston to manage the Blue Jays last week.
The 50-year-old Young guided the Oakland Athletics staff to a 3.56 earned run average this season, lowest in the American League.
“We are lucky to be able to add an experienced pitching coach the caliber of Curt Young to the organization,” Red Sox GM Theo Epstein said in a press release. “Curt has a proven track record of success in this job, mixing excellent relationship-building skills with expert knowledge of pitching and how to get hitters out at the Major League level. Pitchers who have worked with Curt swear by him, and the results speak for themselves. We think he will work well with our pitching staff and within the culture of our clubhouse.”
Red Sox manager Terry Francona has some history working with Young. Francona served as an Athletics bench coach when Young was a pitching coach in Oakland’s farm system in 2003, and the two met during spring training split-squad games.
Young has spent the last seven seasons as the A’s pitching coach. Under his guidance, Athletics pitchers have posted an AL best 4.03 ERA and held opponents to an AL low .257 batting average. A’s pitchers led the American League with a 3.56 ERA in 2010 and topped the league with 17 shutouts. The staff also allowed the fewest hits, runs, and earned runs in the AL this season. Additionally, Oakland starters posted a Major League best 3.47 ERA , the lowest such mark in the AL since 1990.
Young began his coaching career in Oakland’s minor league system in 2000, serving as pitching coach for Double-A Midland. Young was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento for the 2003 season and the River Cats posted the fourth best ERA in the Pacific Coast League at 3.90 en route to the PCL Championship.
Originally drafted by the A’s in the fourth round of the 1981 June draft out of Central Michigan University, Young pitched parts of 11 Major League seasons with Oakland, Kansas City, and the New York Yankees. The lefthander compiled a 69-53 record and a 4.31 ERA in 251 appearances and was a member of the A’s starting rotation when they won three consecutive American League pennants from 1988-90.
Update: We have more from Young and Red Sox manager Terry Francona from this afternoon’s conference call with the media.
Information from the Red Sox media relations dept. was used in this report.