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   1. villageidiom Posted: October 21, 2016 at 10:43 AM (#5330911)
I think the coaching staff on the whole deserves a lot of credit.  The resurrection of Clay Buchholz, the improvements of Jackie Bradley and Sandy Leon, the defense of Hanley Ramirez…these are just a few areas where I think it is likely that the coaches had an impact.
OMG TEH BASERUNNING. BRIAN BANNISTER VOODOO MASTER. A TRAINING STAFF THAT KEPT THIS GUY ALIVE.

This is a very good coaching staff. It is night and day compared to the Valentine regime.
   2. Dan Posted: October 22, 2016 at 02:53 PM (#5331640)
Somewhat surprised that this post didn't mention losing Hazen and potentially some of the quant guys from the FO following him to Arizona. IMO it's a real concern.
   3. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 22, 2016 at 03:00 PM (#5331643)
Honestly I wrote it earlier in the week so that's part of it. I don't really have any thoughts on those moves though. I agree it seems like a concern but I'm not sure why. Front office guys move around all the time. Tippett in particular is a really smart guy but how irreplaceable is he? Likewise Hazen gets good reviews from everyone but is he irreplaceable.

The Sox have lost a lot of FO guys over the years and come out OK. A lot of Theo's guys got GM jobs and the Sox handled it well. It seems to me, and I may be wildly wrong, that the key decision maker (Dombrowski) is still around which is good.

I would expect Lovullo to get the manager job in Arizona. I'd rather not lose him but I wouldn't want to fire Farrell to keep him. It's probably worth noting though that the Francona era Sox had some decline after Brad Mills left Tito's side so I probably shouldn't dismiss the potential loss of Lovullo too much.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:23 PM (#5362944)
They picked up Farrell's '18 option.
   5. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:40 PM (#5362952)
Tippett in particular is a really smart guy but how irreplaceable is he?

Diamond Mind Baseball went to hell when Tom sold it. Different world, I know, but still.....

/sadDMBer
   6. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: December 05, 2016 at 09:17 PM (#5362999)
Not surprisingly I am pleased they picked up Farrell's option. I don't look over managers being lame duck,if the season falls apart and the Sox needs to make a move they can afford to eat a year if they must.

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