Tag: Bill Buckner

Buckner Named The Chicago Cubs Class A Hitting Coach

Bill Buckner will return to Boise, Idaho, and act as the team's hitting coach this season! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

ESPNChicago.com confirmed on Wednesday that Bill Buckner will be the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate, (Boise Hawks) this summer, and won’t be returning to Fenway Park to assist the Boston Red Sox newest manager, Bobby Valentine.

Originally, there had been rumors swirling around Boston that Valentine and Buckner, who have known each other since their playing days with the Los Angles Dodgers in ’68, would reunite as coaches. However, ESPNBoston.com learned that the Red Sox front office was “resistant toward it.”

Bucker spent the past spring and summer coaching the Brockton Rox in the Can-Am League, and led the squad to a 51-42 record. However, the eventual league champions, Quebec Capitales, swept the Rox in the opening round of the playoffs, which ended his stint as the team’s manager.

Buckner’s last job held in the big leagues was with the Chicago Sox in ’96-’97, as the hitting coach.

Daily Noontime – December 2, 2011

Vince Young tossed 4 INTs on Thursday, as the Eagles lost to the Seahawks, 31-14! (Photo Credit: Bleeding Green Nation)

Good day to all, and welcome into another tremendous and stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some headlines and news to kick-start your day, enjoy! 

Headlines:

* Against the Seattle on Thursday, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Vince Young tossed four interceptions, as the Seahawks won, 31-14.

* According to a ProFootballTalk.com report — DeSean Jackson is unhappy with reporters asking him if he’s “unhappy.”

* On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox announced that Bobby Valentine will be their manager for the upcoming season.

* Valentine was asked on Thursday by the Boston media if it’s possible that the Red Sox could possibly consider inviting Bill Buckner to be a coach on his staff, and the answer… it’s possible.

* After a disappointing [6-6] season, Texas A&M fired head coach Mike Sherman.

* President Obama’s fundraising basketball game was postponed due to the NBA lockout coming to an end.

Games to Watch: 

* Detroit at Buffalo (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* No. 9 Florida at No. 3 Syracuse (NCAA Basketball) – 7:00pm eastern 

* UCLA at No. 9 Oregon (NCAA Football) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Anaheim (NHL) – 10:00pm eastern 

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Rox Continue Winning Ways Against Federals, 7-4

By Brian Willwerth 

BROCKTON, MA – The red-hot Brockton Rox are in the midst of their second-longest home winning streak in team history.

The Rox won their tenth straight game at Campanelli Stadium Tuesday night by defeating the New York State Federals, 7-4. It was a game that saw a plethora of stolen bases and two players, and a manager, get ejected.

The Rox got on the board first in the 2nd. Ryan Royster’s single to right scored Melvin Falu. Shawn Williams slid safely into third, much to the chagrin of Feds’ shortstop Alex Sumner. A few seconds later, Sumner became the first player to hit the showers early. The Rox could’ve added another run but new third baseman Sandy DeLeon made a great diving play to rob Dominic Ramos of a hit.

New York tied in the score in the next inning on Dan Barbero’s RBI single. But Brockton responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning, courtesy of five singles. Mike Torres, Keith Brachold, Trey Hernandez, Falu and Chris Grossman did the honors. It was 4-1 Rox after three.

The Federals cut the deficit to two on an RBI single by DeLeon. Then with Barbero on third, Jacob Fabry struck out, but the ball sailed to the backstop, allowing Barbero to score New York’s third run.

In the 6th, Royster took extra bases away from Tom Maloney with a great leaping grab near the warning track in left. The score remained the same.

The drama picked up in the 7th. Ramos was ejected for arguing a stolen base call at second. Rox manager Bill Buckner came out to argue, but did not get tossed.  At least, not this time. In the bottom of the inning, the Rox put some distance between themselves and the Feds. Chris Valencia’s fielder’s choice brought home a run without the ball leaving the infield. Then Falu hit one that did leave the infield – and then some. He crushed one over the left-field wall to make it 7-3.

In the middle of the 8th, Buckner finally did get the heave-ho. Whatever he said to the home plate umpire between innings did not make the ump too happy. The two got into a heated exchange that ended with Buckner slamming his hat down onto the field. The crowd at Campanelli Stadium loved every minute of it.

Mike Smith got the win for the Rox. He allowed three runs over six innings.  James Kukucka took the loss for New York.

Brockton has won 12 of its last 13 games overall. The Rox can tie their longest home winning streak ever with a win in the series finale Wednesday night. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buckner Gets Tossed, Quebec Beats Brockton, 5-0

Bill Buckner was not a happy man on Monday, as he was tossed during Brockton's first loss of the 2011 season!

By Brian Willwerth 

On Monday night, Bill Buckner suffered his first loss as manager of the Brockton Rox and he wasn’t even around to see the Quebec Capitales end the game with a 5-0 victory.

The game started out as a pitchers’ duel between Brockton’s Julian Sampson and Quebec’s Bryan Rembisz. Sampson did not allow a hit through the first four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing an RBI single to give the Capitales the lead. Sampson struck out seven over five innings.

Quebec struck for three more runs in the sixthagainst the Brockton bullpen, with the big blast coming on a two-run homer by Michael Thompson.

In the bottom of the inning, it looked like a pitch hit Brockton’s Keith Brachold, but the home plate umpire ruled it a foul ball, saying the ball hit Brachold’s bat first. Buckner came out to argue, and after a minute or two, was sent to the showers for the rest of the evening. It was Buckner’s first career ejection as a manager.

The Rox had a chance to get back in the game in the eighth, as they loaded the bases with one out, but Melvin Falu grounded into a double play to end the threat.

There was another disagreement in the top of the ninth, as Brad Hertzler was called for a balk, allowing another Quebec run to score. Brockton third baseman Jorge Jimenez took exception to that, and he too got tossed.

Lost in the on-field disputes was the outstanding performance by the Quebec pitching staff. Rembisz and Jeff Duda scattered seven hits in the shutout victory.

The series continues Tuesday night. First pitch is at 7:05.

Bill Buckner Wins First Game as Rox Manager

Bill Buckner was very happy to earn his first win as a Minor League manager! (Credit Brian Willwerth)

By Matt Noonan

BROCKTON, MA — No one enjoyed Thursday’s game more than Bill Buckner, who was all smiles after his team’s first win of the season against the Worcester Tornadoes.

“It was fun [tonight]. It keeps your attention going,” Buckner said. “It’s great. It’s always easier when your pitching coach is pitching. It make it a little bit more nicer day in the coaches room.”

Brockton began the game with a Chris Grossman home run in the second inning, which was followed up by two Melvin Falu RBI’s that brought Dominic Ramos to the plate twice. Mike Smith tossed five innings, struck out one batter and allowed five hits and really, that’s all the Rox needed to win their first game of the season.

“Always, the first one is the best one,” Falu said. “[We need to] just need to keep trying to win every game.”

As for the Tornadoes, well, Lady Luck wasn’t exactly on their side, as Worcester finished the game with one run and seven hits, which certainly didn’t please rookie manager Ed Riley.

Although, while all of Brockton is celebrating their first win of the season, let’s call off Friday’s parade or a speech by Mayor Linda M. Balzotti and understand, it’s just one game. This wasn’t the league championship or round one of the playoffs, it was just one game, but hey, it’s a great way to start the season, right?

“[Bill Buckner] is happy now, he’s happy,” Falu said with a big smile.

“It was a good atmosphere at the ballpark and [my] guys are ready to play and have fun. Everybody has their goals set in the same thing, [we want to] win a championship, so we’ll see how that goes,” Buckner said.

The Rox and Tornadoes will play each other 10 more times before the season concludes, but winning their first game was certainly an important step toward winning a league title. Brockton has never won the CanAm League, but after an impressive win against Worcester on Thursday, certainly every member of the Rox organization has one thing on their mind, winning.

“I’m not a player, but it’s nice to see the players succeed. That’s what it’s all about,” Buckner said.