The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » Source: Sox eye McClure as pitching coach
Wed, 12/21/2011 - 11:37pm  

Source: Sox eye McClure as pitching coach

According to a major league source, the Red Sox are moving toward hiring Bob McClure as their next pitching coach. As of Wednesday night, no deal had been finalized for the 59-year-old, who had most recently been the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals from 2006-11.

Two other candidates interviewing for the position, besides McClure, were former Astros pitching coach Brad Arnsberg, and Neil Allen, the Rays' Triple-A pitching coach. The Red Sox allowed their pitching coach for '11, Curt Young, to return to the Athletics to serve in the same position.

McClure had originally been hired by the Red Sox as a roving minor league pitching instructor and scout in November, with the expectation that he would lend a hand both in player development and with front office evaluations of pitchers. The veteran of 19 major league seasons also served as the pitching coach in the Colorado Rockies minor league system from 1999-05 prior to being hired by then-KC general manager Allard Baird, who now serves as the Red Sox' vice president of player personnel. 

Despite being fired at the end of the '11 season, McClure had many supporters in the Kansas City organization, having had a big role in the development of such young Royals pitchers as Greg Holland and Felipe Paulino. The former starter, who finished his career in 1993 after being released from the Florida Marlins, was also very close with former KC ace Zack Greinke, who figures to be one of the most highly sought after free agent pitchers following the '12 season.

In an interview with FanGraphs, McClure explained his priorities when working with pitchers (for the interview, click here):

When they’re young, I’m more or less focusing on getting them to repeat their delivery and letting them go. Very seldom, with young guys with good arms, do I get too in depth with, “This hitter is this type of hitter.” I’m more “pitch to your strengths” than “pitch to their weaknesses.” Stay in the lane, throw strikes, and go from there. Trust your stuff, because you’re better than they are.

With young kids, what you’re hoping for is that they repeat their delivery so their command gets better. The more they can repeat their delivery, the better their command is going to get.

I never understood it when I was told to me by my pitching coach, Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish, but he always used to tell me “Mac, strikes are in your delivery.” I had a pretty wild kind of delivery, a max-effort type of delivery. He would tell me, “:Strikes are in your delivery, strikes are in your delivery.” I couldn’t put two and two together, because I was 23, 24 years old. I really didn’t understand what he was saying, because the game was going so fast for me at that time. Now, as a pitching coach, and even when I was an older pitcher, I understand the importance of repeating your delivery.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.

 




Audio On Demand

Mike Reiss with Dale, Hol…

Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NB…

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog

Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/28/16

It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!

5-01-16 Christian Vazquez…

5-01-16 Christian Vazquez Player Of The Game Interview

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.

Rick Porcello Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butterfield talks Hanley, Pablo, Patriots draft picks, message for Roger Goodell

Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean…

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

Butch Stearns with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- The season is officially over for the Bruins; where do we go from here? -- 4-10-16

Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

Curt Schilling battles wi…

Curt Schilling battles with Kirk over his OMF phone call, 5-4-16

Curt Schilling joined the show to defend himself about his selfish call to OMF yesterday.

Kirk is pissed at Curt Schilling, 5-4-16

Schilling called in to the midday show yesterday, and did 10 minutes with OMF. Kirk is pissed that all the questions that the morning show would have asked, were essentially already addressed.

Gary claims he doesn't remember who he lost his virginity to, 5-4-16

Kirk and Gerry talk about their first time having sex, and Gary pretends that he doesn't even remember who it happened with.

Sox fans think the guys s…

Sox fans think the guys should leave Hanley alone! 5-3-16

Hanley Ramirez hasn't been hitting and Red Sox fans are just fine with it.

Pablo Sandoval could miss the whole year due to shoulder surgery 5-3-16

Pablo Sandoval is scheduled for shoulder surgery. What does this mean for his season and his future with the Red Sox?

Why has David Price been struggling? 5-3-16

The guys start the show discussing David Price's not great start to the year.

Pablo Sandoval has surger…

Pablo Sandoval has surgery, done for the season, but may still eventually bring value to the Red Sox

We discuss Pablo's surgery, rumors of weight loss and a renewed focus, and ultimately if the Red Sox will be able to get anything from Pablo, be in on the field or via trade.

NBA Refs may have cost the Spurs a game - plus which league has the best officiating

We discuss the missed call to close out the Spurs-OKC game last night and it ultimately spins into a conversation about which league does the best job of refereeing their games.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive 5-03-16

We close out the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.

The Planet Mikey Show,5/3…

The Planet Mikey Show,5/3/16

Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 4, 4-21-16

It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 3, 4-21-16

Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NB…

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

Teeing Off With Ben and Nick. Wells Fargo Championship Preview

This week we are joined by Jon Albanese, manger of Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and talk about golf returning to the Olympics, Tiger Woods and more. We also look back at the Zurich Classic and preview Wells Fargo Championship.

Butch & Tomase Podcast talking #Celtics with NBA analyst Kevin O'Connor

SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft

Federal appellate lawyer …

Federal appellate lawyer Raffi Melkonian gives his expert analysis on 2nd Circuit court's decision, 4-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian check in with Raffi Melkonian to get his insight on the 2nd Circuit court's decision and what Tom Brady's options are going forward.

More from this show

SI's Peter King - I don't…

SI's Peter King - I don't think Deflategate is over yet

We check in for the national perspective on Tom Brady's reinstated suspension from MMQB/SI's Peter King

More from this show

Does Prince's drug use ch…

Does Prince's drug use change your opinion of him? 4-25-16

Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the reports surrounding Prince and his drug use.

More from this show

Sausage announces his ret…

Sausage announces his retirement and Paul interviews for the job, 4-22-16

Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.

More from this show

Immediate reaction to the…

Immediate reaction to the Tom Brady suspension news, 4-25-16

Glenn, Lou and Christian (and ESPN) react to the news that Tom Brady will be suspended the first 4 games of the 2016 season.

More from this show

News & Analysis