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Red Sox Rumors, Notes: Managers, Assistants, Ortiz, Closers

Don't say I didn't warn you -- what with the Red Sox fielding former Royals like Mike Aviles and Joey Gathright and the recent hiring of former Royals' pitching coach Bob McClure into a mystery role -- that former Royals General Manager Allard Baird's one-ringless-hand-to-rule-them-all presence would eventually turn a merry band of hobbits (and other middle infielders) into a magical collection of the Royals' 2000-2006 glory years. The poisonous infection seeps slowly, my friends, and only after you're staring down a lava pit of 100 losses will it hit you: Baird is the Dark Lord. RUN, you fools!