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Red Sox File Petition To Rename Yawkey Way Back To Jersey Street

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The Boston Red Sox have filed a petition with the city of Boston to change Yawkey Way back to its original name, Jersey Street.

Several outlets first reported the news on Wednesday.

Tom Yawkey, the sole owner of the Red Sox for 44 years before his death in 1976, was highly criticized of being a racist for his reluctance to employ African American players. The Red Sox were the final Major League team to field a black player, which came in 1959, a full 12 years after Jackie Robinson broke the game’s color barrier for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Red Sox principal owner John Henry expressed interest this past August (in the wake of the Charlottesville protests) in ditching the “Yawkey Way” name, which has been the name of the street since 1977 following Yawkey’s death, saying he’s “still haunted” by his predecessor’s legacy.

“The Red Sox don’t control the naming or renaming of streets,” said Henry. “But for me, personally, the street name has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can — particularly in our African-American community and in the Dominican community that has embraced us so fully. The Red Sox Foundation and other organizations the Sox created such as Home Base have accomplished a lot over the last 15 years, but I am still haunted by what went on here a long time before we arrived.”

The Red Sox released a statement regarding their effort to establish a new level of inclusion outside Fenway Park:

In today’s politically-charged atmosphere, this comes as no surprise. The name Yawkey Way was swept under the rug for years. No one seemed to ever bat an eye, myself included. But like I said- this is the world we’re living in nowadays. If this gives the Red Sox some peace of mind, then all the power to them, I’m not going to complain.

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Red Sox Dustin Pedroia Attempting Return in 2020

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Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has reportedly given “every indication” that he intends to play in 2020 says new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, according to MassLive.com’s Christopher Smith.

Pedroia, 36, underwent a mid-season knee procedure that had many questioning his career.

“Every indication I’ve gotten is he’s feeling good and intending on playing,” Bloom says of Pedroia. “I know he’s working really hard to make sure he’s in as good of shape as possible,” Bloom said.

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Red Sox Hire Dave Bush As Pitching Coach

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The Boston Red Sox have found their new pitching coach, as they are naming Dave Bush as their new coach.

Bush had been considered a front runner for the position, and has been in the Red Sox system since 2017.

Bush is also a former player, having pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Texas Rangers over his 9-year career.

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Dave Bush Considered Favorite for Red Sox Pitching Coach Gig

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The Boston Red Sox may be closing in on their next pitching coach, the successor to Dana LeVangie, with minor league pitching performance coordinator Dave Bush considered to be a front runner to land the job, according to the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier.

The report goes on to say that Bush could be formally named the new pitching coach sometime this week, “within a few days”.

The Red Sox are looking to bounce back after missing the postseason in 2019, and seeing their rotation, including ace Chris Sale, struggle during 2019.

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