Source: Sox shifting Bogar to bench coach


Source: Sox shifting Bogar to bench coach

The Red Sox plan to announce their 2012 coaching staff in the next day or two, but they've apparently made a decision on what to do with at least one of the returnees.
A baseball source said Tuesday that Tim Bogar, the third-base coach since 2010, will be shifted to bench coach, with the team hiring a third-base coach -- likely Jerry Royster, a longtime friend of Valentine's -- from outside the organization.
Bogar, who played for Valentine when Valentine managed the New York Mets, has talked to the manager about serving as bench coach.
Less certain is what they plan to do about a pitching coach.
Rick Peterson, who has major league experience with the Oakland A's, New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers, had great interest in the position, but has told friends in baseball that Bobby Valentine doesn't seem receptive to hiring him.
A baseball source said Brad Arnsberg, who has served as the pitching coach for Florida, Toronto and Houston, is out of the running for the Sox' staff. Arnsberg, who worked with Josh Beckett in Florida, interviewed with GM Ben Cherington on the final day of the winter meetings earlier this month.
Internally, the Red Sox could turn to Bob McClure, whom they hired earlier this offseason after McClure was fired from his position as pitching coach with the Kansas City Royals.
McClure was hired with the idea that he would serve as an instructor and scout, but he remains in the running for the pitching coach's role, too.
Finally, the team must hire a replacement for Ron Johnson at first base.

McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff


McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

BOSTON -- If you think John Farrell's decision to hit Jackie Bradley Jr. leadoff for one night is the reason Bradley's 29-game hit streak came to an end, I've got some swamp land you might be interested in buying.

Such silly talk first surfaced mid-afternoon when the lineup was announced. With Mookie Betts getting his first day off this season, somebody had to hit leadoff. Farrell went with the guy who was leading the league in hitting.

That sounds reasonable. But not to some, who cried that putting Bradley at the top was (take your pick) disrupting Bradley's routine, putting him in a place with which he wasn't familiar, or asking him to change his approach.

Of course, none of those made much sense.

First of all, Thursday night marked the sixth (SIXTH!) different spot that Bradley has hit during the hitting streak. He had hit second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. So the notion that any change was disruptive was absurd.

As for the notion that Bradley would treat his at-bats differently because he was leading off? Also wrong. Bradley's major adjustment since spring training has been being aggressive early in the count. So, do you know how many pitches Bradley saw in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter? Eight.

Does that sound like someone who was being forced to be more patient for the night, or someone changing their approach by working the count more?

Finally, Bradley hit two balls on the screws -- one to the warning track in right, just in front of the bullpen in his first at-bat and another in front of the center field door, some 400 or so feet away, in his third.

Streaks come to an end, even when hitters belt the ball hard. Twice.