Ochoa leaning toward not returning to Boston


Ochoa leaning toward not returning to Boston

Alex Ochoa, the Red Sox first-base coach in 2012, is leaning toward not returning to the organization for 2013. But Ochoa, who has been with the Red Sox since 2010, says his decision, which is "not etched in stone," is based on lifestyle and life issues.
His father, Carlos, who immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1971 with Alexs mother, is ill.
My mom has a little bit of help but its always nice to be around, Ochoa said Monday morning. So, Ive been thinking more of life than baseball, actually.
Ochoa has not talked with new manager John Farrell  He spoke with Allard Baird, the Sox vice president of player personnel, about 10 days ago and general manager Ben Cherington about a month ago. So far, bullpen coach Gary Tuck is the only holdover to be added to Farrells staff, which also includes bench coach Torey Lovullo, pitching coach Juan Nieves and third base coach Brian Butterfield.
All the coaches from the 2012 staff were given permission to look for jobs elsewhere. Ochoas people skills and ability to communicate in three languages (English and Spanish, along with some Japanese he picked up in his six years playing there) would make him an attractive addition to a staff.
I really liked the Red Sox organization and I really didnt want to go to somebody else to start over again, Ochoa said. I had some inquiries with some other teams, but I wasnt interested.
Instead, Ochoa is considering joining his former agent, Scott Boras, calling it 'Plan B.'
Ive been with Scott since my second year in pro ball so we have a really, really good relationship, Ochoa said. Hes been wanting me to work for him since I stopped playing. So, well see what happens.
I have a good relationship with Boras and I wanted a chance to stay home more.
Ill be helping out in South Florida with the company, just being part of the East Coast team that he has, mostly down here in South Florida.
Ochoa -- who had been seen as tied to former manager Bobby Valentine, and as such probably not returning --  stressed that the Sox' disastrous 2012 season did not go into his decision making.  Hes leaving the door open for the Sox.

"Im just waiting to see what they think," he said. "A lot of things have to do with how I feel if they do make an offer, if I want to be away for seven months again. But Im lucky to have options. A lot of people dont. Im blessed in that aspect."
Ochoa, 40, was a third-round pick of the Orioles in 1991 out of Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School in Florida. He played parts of eight seasons in the major leagues for the Mets (including one season whenValentine was the manager), Reds, Brewers, Twins, Rockies, and Angels. 

He also played six seasons in Japan. In 2007, he was a non-roster invitee of the Sox, appearing in 24 games for Triple-A Pawtucket.  He joined the Sox' baseball operations department in 2010 as a special assistant.

In 2011, he was the hitting coach for High-A Salem. This past season was his first year on a major league staff.

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 


The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability.