That didn't take long -- shortly after a report from WEEI that the Red Sox were expected to announce Curt Young as their new pitching coach, the team did just that. In a release sent out Tuesday afternoon, the Red Sox have officially tabbed Young as their next pitching coach, replacing John Farrell. The announcement was made by Theo Epstein and Manager Terry Francona.
"We are lucky to be able to add an experienced pitching coach the caliber of Curt Young to the organization," said Epstein. "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."
Young, 50 years old, spent the past seven season as the Oakland Athletics pitching coach (2004-10). During his time there, the A's posted an American League best ERA of 4.03 while holding opponents to an average of just .257, lowest in the league.