Pitching Coach Options

With Carl Willis leaving to join the Cleveland Indians as their pitching coach, and Mike Maddux and Jim Hickey leaving to join St.Louis and Chicago that still leaves the Red Sox with an opening.

Here are my suggestions as for potential pitching coaches.

Internal Options:

Brian Bannister:

Currently he is still listed as an assistant pitching coach for the Red Sox heading into the 2018 season. Bannister the former pitcher was hired by Dave Dombrowski in 2015 as part of their scouting department. In the past two seasons, he’s gone from the scouting department to assistant pitching coach under Carl Willis.

His ability to use analytics to better understand pitching could be a valuable asset to Cora’s staff in multiple roles.

Dana Levangie: 

LeVangie is a highly regarded coach with the Red Sox who joined them in 1997 as their bullpen catcher and held that role till 2004 when he then transitioned to the scouting department. When Gary Tuck resigned in 2013, LeVangie was promoted to bullpen coach and has held that position until 2015 when during John Farrell’s absence he became bench coach,  The past two seasons he again was the bullpen coach.

Update: Levangie will remain as the bullpen coach for the Boston Red Sox.

Outside Options:

Rick Honeycutt: Currently his the pitching coach of the LA Dodgers but his contract is up after this season.

Dave Righetti: Former pitching coach of the San Francisco Giants

Larry Rothschild: Pitching coach under former Yankee Manager Joe Girardi. Can be credited with helping CC Sabathia, Tanaka bounce back as well as helping Louis Severino became one of the Yankees top pitchers.

Rich Dubee: Pitching coach of Tigers has been pitching coach of the Marlins as well as the Phillies.

John McClaren: Long coaching career including being part of the Red Sox coaching staff in 1991. Lots of experience due to long playing and coaching career.

 

As the Red Sox have just announced some other coaching positions, this news will certainly come soon.

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