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Why Red Sox fans owe former pitching coach/manager a debt of gratitude

Updated: March 2, 2013, 1:26 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There was no love lost for Joe Kerrigan when his time in Boston came to an inglorious end in the spring of 2002. One of the first acts by new Red Sox ownership was to relieve Kerrigan of his duties as manager, a task for which he appeared spectacularly overmatched after replacing Jimy Williams the previous August.

In one of Kerrigan's first days on the job, Manny Ramirez walked into his office and told him point-blank he wouldn't play for him. In September, ...

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