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The Red Sox have all but filled out their major league coaching roster (the Sox have yet to add an assistant hitting coach but it will likely be minor league hitting instructor Victor Rodriguez). The Sox didn’t even introduce Bobby Valentine as manager until December 2nd of last year. Farrell has been hired and virtually filled his coaching staff by the 29th of November. To say that the Sox have more direction this year than they did last year would be an understatement. The lone holdover is bullpen coach Gary Tuck. Here is a look at the new coaches on the Sox staff.
New Sox Bench Coach Torey Lovullo
Bench Coach Torey Lovullo: Lovullo spent a year as manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2010 before John Farrell poached him for his staff in Toronto. Lovullo interviewed for the Sox managerial job last season before Valentine was hired. He’s been highly regarded for the last several years as a manager in waiting and a turn as Farrell’s #2 with the Red Sox should raise his stature for future managerial openings. His past in the Sox’ minor league system should help with his relationship with many of the Sox’ younger players. Word is that him and Farrell were talking about the 1-2 duo with the Sox as far back as when Terry Francona was still with the club and Farrell was the guy in waiting so they should be prepared to tackle this challenge together.
1st Base Coach Arnie Beyeler: Beyeler was Lovullo’s successor with the PawSox. After two successful years in Pawtucket he becomes the 3rd straight Pawtucket manager to become a 1st base coach for a major league club. Beyeler was a popular manager at both Pawtucket and the Portland Sea Dogs, where he managed for four years prior to his promotion, and has a good relationship with some of the younger players who should be on the big club next year such as Jose Iglesias, Ryan Kalish and Ryan Lavarnway. His familiarity with the squad will help in his extra duties with the run game and the defense.
New Sox 3B Coach Brian Butterfield
3rd Base Coach Brian Butterfield: Butterfield was Farrell’s 3rd base coach in Toronto. He had been with the Blue Jays since 2008 and had interviewed for the managerial job in 2011 before Farrell was hired. He was also in consideration for the job this off-season before former Jays manager John Gibbons was hired back. Butterfield brings a lot of experience to the Sox staff and will feel especially at home in New England. He’s a Maine native and a die hard Pats fans which should endear himself to the Fenway faithful fairly quickly.
Pitching Coach Juan Nieves: Nieves is the big former right-handed pitcher of the Milwaukee Brewers. He won 32 games over 3 seasons with the Brewers from 1986-1988. He’s spent the last 14 years as a pitching instructor in the White Sox organization. Nieves is short on major league experience but should serve as a good mentor to Farrell who of course cut his teeth as a pitching instructor before becoming a manager. The Sox could have gone with longtime pitching coach Rick Peterson but went for the younger up-an-comer instead.
Hitting Coach Greg Colbrunn: Colbrunn is a former journeyman catcher who spent 13 seasons with 7 different teams. He hit .289 over his career with 98 home runs and 422 RBI. He had been working in the Yankees farm system as a hitting instructor and manager prior to being hired by the Red Sox. Many people within the Yankees organization have been raving about the job Colbrunn has done in his time with the Yankees. He’s another guy who is short on experience but should be a good fit with the younger team that the Red Sox plan to field this season.
Overall it’s a much younger coaching staff this season with a 47 year old pitching coach and a 43 year old hitting coach being added. Another thing it looks to be is more cohesive. All of the guys were hired by John Farrell, not Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington, or anyone else. Having the last two managers of the Pawtucket Red Sox should be an added bonus with all of the youngsters on the roster this season. If nothing else at least it’s good to have a coaching staff in place at the end of November rather than the end of December. And hopefully none of these spots will have to be filled again next off-season.
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