In a move that was more a matter of “when” than “if,” the Boston Red Sox fired pitching coach Bob McClure last night, according to Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston. It was McClure’s first season in Boston.
The Red Sox’s pitching has been terrible this season; they are 23rd in the MLB in ERA, and the starters rank 26th. McClure’s relationship with manager Bobby Valentine was strained at best, and ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes reported this morning that the relationship between the two had “deteriorated” over the course of the season.
While it would be easy to linger on why McClure was dismissed, the focus must now shift to how this move impacts a team still mathematically alive for a playoff spot. A miracle run at this point may be unlikely, but if the pitching staff can rally, a playoff berth is still not completely out of the question.
Interim pitching coach Randy Niemann will have a difficult job to do, but having worked with Valentine on the Mets, the two will surely enjoy a better rapport than the one Valentine had with McClure.
With a key new coach coming in, let’s take a look at who will be most impacted by this change.