By Joe Stiglich
Sunday, October 24th, 2010 at 12:35 pm in Uncategorized.
The A’s announced today that pitching coach Curt Young is leaving the team “to pursue another opportunity within Major League Baseball.” That opportunity must have presented itself in the past couple of days. The A’s sent out a release Wednesday announcing the hiring of hitting coach Gerald Perry and bench coach Joel Skinner. That same release indicated that Young, third-base coach Mike Gallego and bullpen coach Ron Romanick all would be returning in 2011.
So who came calling for Young? The Boston Red Sox just lost pitching coach John Farrell, who was hired as Toronto’s manager. And Boston manager Terry Francona is familiar with Young, as both coached in the Oakland organization before Francona was hired as the Red Sox skipper. Perhaps Young winds up in Boston, though that’s speculation at this point. I haven’t talked to him yet. But Young obviously received an opporunity he felt he couldn’t pass on.
He served seven years as the A’s pitching coach. I’ll have a story posted at contracostatimes.com, insidebayarea.com and mercurynews.com later in the day …