Dave Magadan confirmed to WEEI.com that he will return to the Red Sox as their hitting coach in 2012. Magadan, who has been the Sox' hitting coach since 2007, received a call from new manager Bobby Valentine late Friday morning offering him to stay on in the job.
"I think we have a really good thing going," Magadan said from his Tampa-area home. "For the first time since I've been there, last year we finished near the top of almost every category. It was good to get a vote of confidence from the front office, and Bobby concurring with the way they felt."
The Red Sox led the American League in runs per game (5.40), were second in average (.280), first in OBP (.349), first in slugging percentage (.461) and first in OPS (.810) in 2011. Indeed, in Magadan's five years as hitting coach, the Sox rank in the top two teams in the majors in all five of those categories.
"I think in the back of my mind I always felt...
Speaking on the Mut & Merloni show, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that he has talked to Josh Beckett on more than one occasion this offseason and remains optimistic the pitcher will be in a good mindset heading into the 2012 season.
"I've spoken with Josh at least a couple of times since the season ended," Cherington said. "I really have a great deal of respect for Josh. He's carried us at certain points during his time with the Red Sox. When he's on the mound I trust him, and we have a good chance to win that game when he's out there. You guys know he has a lot of pride, he's competitive. I don't believe anyone should be judged on one moment. We should be judge people by the body of work in a sort of larger picture, and through that lens Josh has been an incredible player for us, an incredible pitcher for us, an incredible part of our team for a long time. We've achieved things at a team in large part because of his...
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, during an appearance on the Mut & Merloni show, said that while former Brewers hitting coach and new Cubs manager Dale Sveum emerged as an early front-runner in the Sox' managerial search, he did not believe that in the end the former Sox third base coach would have represented the right fit for the Sox. Cherington suggested that experience did become a separating factor, to the point where Bobby Valentine (armed with 15 seasons of experience as a big league manager in the majors and seven more in Japan's NPB) was hired over Gene Lamont, a veteran of eight seasons as a manager with the White Sox and Pirates.
"I don’t think [Sveum would have been hired at the end of the process]," said Cherington. "I think the way this evolved, as we got deeper into the process, this was a learning experience for me. This was the first time I’ve run a managerial search process. I was involved in a much...
Yankees GM Brian Cashman would like to see new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine match him in a daredevil feat.
Cashman, who on Sunday will rappel down the side of a building in Stamford, Conn., as part of the city's "Heights of Lights" festival -- something that he will be doing for the second straight year -- suggested that he would like to see Stamford native Valentine join him in the undertaking next year.
“I publicly challenge Bobby Valentine to join me on the building,” Cashman told reporters on Friday while engaged in a practice run down a building in Stamford's Landmark Square. “Landmark Square, first week of December. Be there. 2012.”
Cashman, who knows Valentine well from his time as manager of the New York Mets...
The NBA made it official: The Celtics will open the season on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks at noon. It will be the first NBA game of the 2011-12 season and will be broadcast on TNT.
Full schedules aren't expected to be announced until next week. Here's the rest of the Christmas slate:
Miami at Dallas (ABC), 2:30 p.m.
Chicago at Lakers (ABC), 5 p.m.
Orlando at Oklahoma City (ESPN), 8 p.m.
Clippers at Golden State (ESPN), 10:30 p.m.
For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
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Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
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Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss the Bruins' Saturday win over Minnesota, sans Patrice Bergeron, with yet another goal from Brad Marchand
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
Robert Kraft on WCVB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
A caller to Mike Francesca duped The Pope into thinking that Oscar Robinson was #29 on the list (he was actually #11) which prompted Mike to go insane.
Patriot fans, as expected, begin to connect the dots in hopes of bringing the talented RB to Foxboro.
Lou did the crossover at 9:55 on Friday, which led to a fiery exchange between himself and Kirk Minihane. Lou tells the story and opines on the situation.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with our good friend John Buccigross and talk some NHL hockey.
Dale, Michael and Jerry open up the floodgates on a freestyle friday and talk about whatever you want.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how good a fit former Bear Matt Forte would be in this Patriots offense.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny, and Lucy are talking Patriots, Red Sox, Presidents and a whole lot more.
Mikey and Mut are talking about free agent running back Matt Forte, and whether he would be a good fit for the Patriots.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
Kate Scott, of KNBR in San Francisco, joins Lucy to discuss women in sports radio, the Super Bowl, and how great it is to talk about sports for a living.