ESPN is reporting that Curt Young is turning down an offer to come back for his 8th season as the Oakland A's pitching coach. His reasoning it appears is to explore other options at the major league level.
There is no doubting alot of the success A's pitchers have had over the years from Hudson, Mulder, Zito to the recent successes of Trevor Cahill (18-8), Brett Anderson, and Andrew Bailey. Also, Gio Gonzalez made some strides this year.
The rumor flying around now seems to be that Young is jumping ship for the Boston pitching coach job now that Farrell is gone. This would make sense, but should the Pirates put in a call to Young and see if he's interested in more by coming here?
I don't know Young all that well, despite the success of plenty of pitchers he has coached. I have no idea if he has managerial ambitions, if he fits the "manager's profile", or if he's ready for such a position. I'd love to hear from someone who may have a bit more knowledge on Young.
I'll summarize by saying the idea of having a manager who was a former pitching coach for a small-market team used to throwing young pitchers out there is an extremely intriguing thought.