Friday, March 7, 2014
When the Boston Red Sox hire a new manager, he may likely makes changes in the coaching staff. But the Red Sox did not wait to make changes, firing first base coach (and former Sea Dogs manager) Ron Johnson.
Jonson, 55, has been with the Red Sox for 12 years, including two years as manager of the Sea Dogs, in 2003 and 2004. He moved on to manage Pawtucket and joined the major league staff in 2009.
"Obviously, I'm disappointed," Johnson told Maureen Mullen of csnne.com. "I always considered myself a Red Sox for life ... But that's baseball and things happen, and it's time to start a new chapter."
The Arizona Fall League began Tuesday, but the Red Sox prospects had to wait a day because they were rained out. Wednesday was not worth waiting for.
The Scottsdale Scorpions, which contains the Red Sox players, among other teams, lost to the Surprise Saguaros 10-1. Reliever Jeremy Kertz had an inning to forget. He gave up five hits, including three home runs, in the sixth inning.
Brent Huntzinger pitched two innings (4 H, 1 R, 4 K).
The Scorpions managed only two hits. Alex Hassan played right field was 0-for-4. Infielder Ryan Dent entered the game at second base and was 0-for-1.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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