Curt Young officially left the Red Sox on Friday, signing a one-year contract to return to Oakland as pitching coach of the A's.
Young's departure was not a surprise, especially after revelations after the season that many of the starters drank beer in the clubhouse during games and appeared to fall out of shape as the season progressed.
John Tomase of the Boston Herald said Thursday on 'Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight' that Young's style -- much different than that of former pitching coach John Farrell -- may have contributed to the problems.
"One of the things I heard early on was the fact that Farrell made these guys do all their running, and all that kind of stuff, between starts and in spring training," said Tomase.
"Curt Young came in and decided to treat them like men -- that was his big mistake -- and treat them like adults . . . Young left the training regimen to them and assumed they would do it and did not put his foot down. And then it trailed off."
The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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