Staggered is Right

The Red Sox let go Ron Jackson and Dave Wallace.

Wallace I’m OK with. There are the health concerns, and the fact that the Sox’ pitching was no better with him at the helm than with Nipper there, but does this mean Nipper remains the pitching coach? Geez, I hope not.

And what will David Ortiz’s mood be if he returns to the clubhouse next season with no Manny Ramirez and no Ron Jackson? I just have a bad feeling about this.

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  • Yeah, I couldn’t agree more, Paul. Guys like Gonzo, Cora, Youk, Ortiz, and others had the best years of their careers. What the fu*k?
    I’m guessing that this may be some kind of conflict that we don’t know anything about, because going on resume, there is no way this happens. It’s just stoooppiiid. Has anyone other than me seen the collective team BA over the past four years? I mean, this team scores a ton of runs, and has been doing so for a few years now!
    Holy Crap, this is dumb.
    Dave Wallace, well, I’m fine with that. The only success he had was when he had Pedro, Schilling, D-Lowe and Foulke. I mean, that’s the hitting version of Don Mattingly’s coaching problems.?!… There’s not much coaching needed – just sit back and watch it happen.

    Brad October 2, 2006, 6:06 pm
  • Why did they let go of Jackson?! Wasn’t he instrumental in turning Ortiz around? Shouldn’t that guarantee him a lifetime post?

    Nick-YF October 2, 2006, 6:13 pm
  • Maybe we can sign Stottlemeyer to be the pitching coach.

    Rob October 2, 2006, 6:48 pm
  • Um. Are you joking Rob?

    Quo October 2, 2006, 7:03 pm
  • I can have a twisted dream can’t I?
    This is the point in the season where we start dreaming up crazy crap isn’t it?

    Rob October 2, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • It’s twisted. And it certainly is the time. I’m just afraid of Stottlemyre with all our young pitchers. Read “The Year the Bad Guys Won” about the 1986 Mets season. Leading theory behind Doc Gooden’s demise: cocaine. Second leading theory: Mel Stottlemyre messing with his mechanics and pitch repetoire.

    Quo October 2, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • The Sox had the leading offense in the AL for three consecutive seasons and were tied with NY for No. 1 when they lost five of their nine starters for most of the second half. They still finished above average. I just do’nt understand that at all.
    Not only the David Ortiz deal, but Alex Gonzalez took two days off to work with Jackson and hit at a .350 clip or so for the next month. There must be something behind the scenes because this move stinks big time.

    Paul SF October 2, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Here’s a statement from Sox hitting coach Ron “Papa Jack” Jackson concerning his firing on Monday:
    October 2, 2006
    I want to thank the Red Sox and all the fans of this great team. I will always cherish being a part of Boston’s long road back to the World Series and I loved watching the development and the hard work of the players during my time here in Boston.
    During my tenure here in Boston, I was proud to be a part of one of the most explosive offenses in baseball, and Red Sox history. I am happy to say I was part of that. One of the most memorable things in Boston for me was working with the world-class hitters on this club, especially David Ortiz. Working with David and watching him train hard every day to develop into the player that he is today is something I will remember forever.
    I am sure that Terry’s decision to move in a different direction without me is part of a logical plan to help the team get back on track to another World Series which the fans, the guys on the team, and the whole organization deserve.
    Boston is a great sports city and I have every confidence the ownership and management will create a combination of players that will work together to win again.
    Thank you for sharing some of these most important memories in life with me over the past four seasons. I will miss you all,
    Ron “Papa Jack” Jackson
    P.S. I want to make sure Tom Brady knows that, although I’m no longer with the Red Sox, I’ll always be his personal hitting coach and he can come take B.P. with me anytime.

    TJ October 3, 2006, 2:10 am
  • Dumb move by the Sox; Paul’s right about A-Gon too, he attributed his hitting surge to Jackson’s tweaking of his mechanics. Why would they get rid of that guy?

    bloodyank78 October 3, 2006, 10:26 am
  • …i don’t really understand these firings…especially the hitting coach…i mean he’s turned water into wine up there in beantown…as for the pitching coach, with all the injuries they’ve had it would make more sense to fire all the trainers… are these guys merely the scapegoats so theo can take some heat off himself?…is francona next?…i heard his name mentioned on mlb rumors in connection with another managerial job…meantime, grady little’s gettin’ ready for the playoffs…ironic, and funny…

    dc October 3, 2006, 12:26 pm

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