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1B Coach Ron Johnson Fired By Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox announced today that they had terminated the services of first base coach Ron Johnson after 12 years with the organization.

Johnson had been with the organization since 2000 when he was the manager of of their class-A affiliate in Sarasota and later the manager of AA affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs.  In 2005, Johnson was named the manager of the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, where he coached for four years before being called up to be the first base coach for the last two seasons.

The move is the first of what is expected to be many moves to reshape the roster and staff following an epic September collapse that saw the team fall out of the lead in the AL East and then allow a nine game lead in the race for the Wild Card evaporate on the final day of the season.

There was no word on when a replacement would be named.