Buckner: 'I always wanted to manage'

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Buckner: 'I always wanted to manage'

Ex-Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner was introduced as manager of the Brockton Rox Friday, and afterwards he sat down for a one-on-one interview with Comcast SportsNet's Chris Collins:

On why he decided to manage the Rox:
I always wanted to manage. I coached for six years after I retired, but I always wanted to give managing a shot. This is just a perfect opportunity in a situation with a shorter season and in the Independent League, where you're just focusing on trying to win ballgames rather than just develop players.

On if he had any second thoughts about returning to this area:
Actually, the fans, the people here in New England have been great to me. I had the media issues, but as far as the people, the fans, they were great to me as a player. They appreciate the way I played. Very knowledgeable.

If he worried about one or two "rogue fans" giving him a hard time:
Well, hey, that's part of the game. Fans are, you know, sometimes they're not all there. That's why they're called fanatics . . . There's no guarantee, but I think it's going to be good.

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Reports: Koji Uehara agrees to one-year, $4.5 million deal with Cubs

Reports: Koji Uehara agrees to one-year, $4.5 million deal with Cubs

It appears Koji Uehara’s tenure with the Red Sox has come to an end.

The former Red Sox closer has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the World Series champion Chicago Cubs. The details of the deal were first reported by Nikkan Sports in Japan, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag reported the agreement.

Uehara, 41, had 79 saves and a 2.19 ERA in four seasons in Boston. He served as the Red Sox closer from 2013 to 2015 before Craig Kimbrel took over the role in 2016.

The Red Sox acquired bullpen help earlier in the week when they obtained righthanded reliever Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers