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."