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Red Sox fire first base coach Ron Johnson

Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 15: First base coach Ron Johnson #50 of the Boston Red Sox watches his team against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on June 15, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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Tough day to be a first base coach.

Mookie Wilson is out of a job with the Mets and now Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox have fired their first base coach, Ron Johnson.

McDonald notes that Johnson spent a dozen years coaching in the Red Sox’s organization, including the past two seasons as first base coach.

He’s the first member of Terry Francona’s coaching staff to be let go and Boston didn’t wait to see if Francona’s replacement might want to keep the 55-year-old Johnson around.