Red Sox begin search for Farrell's replacement

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Red Sox begin search for Farrell's replacement

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

The departure of former pitching coach John Farrell has left a considerable void in the Red Sox coaching staff.

Farrell, who was named manager of the Toronto Blue Jays Monday afternoon, spent the last four seasons with the Red Sox and his influence and impact on the staff was sizeable.

When Farrell was offered the job Friday, the Red Sox began sifting through a list of candidates to replace him. The team has said there will be some internal candidates. Mike Cather is almost certain to be one.

He served as Double A Portland's pitching coach before becoming one-half of the organization major league advance scouting duo this past year.

Another internal candidate is likely to be Ralph Treuel, the team's highly respected minor-league pitching coordinator, who served briefly as the Red Sox pitching coach in September of 2001 when Joe Kerrigan replaced Jimy Williams as manager.

It's more likely, however, that the Red Sox go outside the organization to replace Farrell, himself an outside hire from Cleveland when he was hired after the 2006 seasons.

One of the most interesting candidates is Curt Young, who rejected a one-year deal to return as Oakland A's pitching coach over the weekend, citing a desire to "pursue another opportunity."

Young lives in Scottsdale, Az., and was thought to be a candidate to replace Mel Stottlemyre Jr. as pitching coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks. But the Diamondbacks, according to a National League source, appeared to be close to hiring former Cleveland Indians pitcher Charles Nagy for the position Monday. Nagy had worked in the Indians' minor league system.

Young spent seven seasons with the A's, joining the staff the season after Red Sox manager Terry Francona left his position as Oakland bench coach to come to Boston. Young is credited with helping a number of successful young A's pitchers mature at the big-league level, including Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey.

The A's finished with the best ERA in the American League in 2010.

The Sox had had some internal discussions about approaching Dave Duncan, perhaps the most highly-regarded coach in the game, who, until Monday, was without a contract for 2011. But after Tony LaRussa agreed to return as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals last week, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Duncan would rejoin the Cards' staff, a fact comfirmed Monday when Duncan got a two-year deal in St. Louis -- a year longer than La Russa.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.