What Took So Long?

The Red Sox finally fired first year pitching coach Bob McClure. McClure led the Red Sox’s pitching staff to an MLB eighth worst ERA (4.30) and a sub .500 record, so it’s seemingly a miracle he lasted this long. McClure was brought in as a scout before Bobby Valentine, but was promoted to pitching coach shortly after Valentine was introduced. The two worked together during Valentine’s managerial stint with the Mets. Most of the Red Sox’s troubles have come from the pitching staff this year, as they’ve scored the third most runs in the MLB but have given up the seventh most. Bob McClure inherited a talented, if undisciplined, rotation that he wasn’t able to rein in. I really don’t understand why he was able to keep this position until now, as they are all but eliminated from the playoffs. Randy Neimann, formerly the assistant pitching coach, was promoted to the vacant spot, Neimann will become the Red Sox’s fourth pitching coach in as many years.