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12/02/2011 - 3:09pm
Magadan to return as Red Sox hitting coach

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...

12/02/2011 - 2:39pm
Cherington: 'I've spoken with' Beckett

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...

12/02/2011 - 2:38pm
Cherington: 'Don't think' Sveum was a fit

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...

12/02/2011 - 2:34pm
Cashman issues challenge to Valentine

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...

12/02/2011 - 12:34pm
Celtics open NBA season on Christmas

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.

 

 

 


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