Red Sox Coaching Carousel

With Alex Cora being named manager, he will have full control to complete the rest of his coaching staff.

Current coaches on the Red Sox include: Carl Willis, Gary Disarcina, Brian Butterfield, Rubin Amaro Jr, Chili Davis, Victor Rodriquez, Dana Levangie, and Brian Bannister.

Update:

Carl Willis has taken the Cleveland Indians pitching coach position. The Chicago Cubs have signed Chili Davis and Brian Butterfield.

Out of this list of coaches, I expect only Rodriguez Levangie, and Bannister to remain with the team in 2018 in either the same coaching role, or a different one.

Former pitching coach, Carl Willis was recently announced with the Cleveland Indians. He joins former Red Sox manager, Terry Francona, and returns to the place where his coaching career began.

Jim Hickey is a name that could be floated around as a replacement.

Hickey was the pitching coach in the Astros Minor League system for fourteen years,  before being named Houston’s full-time pitching coach in 2004.  He was in Houston for two seasons before leaving and joining the Tampa Bay Organization. Hickey is known for his ability to get the best out of his young pitchers, as well as his veterans. While in Houston he had young pitchers in Roy Oswalt, and Brad Lidge plus Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, who led a staff to the 2005 World Series.

It’s in Tampa Bay where he began to excel at getting the best of out his young pitchers.  While in Tampa Bay he oversaw, Scott Kazmir, Matt Garza, David Price, Chris Archer and many others.

If he were to come to Boston I think he would be vital to getting David Price and Rick Porcello back on track, while also trying to tap the potential talent of Eduardo Rodriguez.

With the departure of Chili Davis and Brian Butterfield, they will be looking to fill the hitting coach and third base coach roles.

These are some internal options that the Red Sox could explore.

If Cora wants to promote coaches from the minor leagues he could look at adding Carlos Febles who is currently the AA manager for the Portland Sea Dogs and has received high marks for working with Rafael Devers as well as other young players in the Sox system. There is also Rich Gedman the former Sox catcher who is currently the AAA hitting coach for Pawtucket.

These are some internal options that the Red Sox could explore.

Externally, Lloyd McClendon, Tony Peña, Sandy Alomar Jr, and Joey Cora are all names that could end up joining the new-look Red Sox staff.

Mike Lowell could also be a good fit on Boston. The former Red Sox third baseman, and friend of Alex Cora, has served as an analyst for MLB Network. It may be a reach, but Lowell could find himself a part of the new regime in Boston.

As soon as the World Series ends I’d expect for Cora and Dombrowski to get together and decide on who Cora wants as part of his staff. Until then, the carousel will continue to spin.

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2 thoughts on “Red Sox Coaching Carousel

  1. Another name that could be a potential hitting coach is that of Cora’s former teammate Mike Lowell. Lowell who is currently an analyst for MLBNetwork has always been rumored to be a potential coach/manager.

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  2. MIKE MADDUX HAS SINCE AGREED TO BECOME PITCHING COACH OF THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS THUS REMOVING HIM AS A CANDIDATE FOR THE BOSTON JOB

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