Recently I listed Dana LeVangie as a potential fit as the bullpen, pitching or bench coach.
The Red Sox must have listened as, LeVangie was indeed named the new pitching coach.
LeVangie has spent his entire 27-year professional career with the Boston Red Sox.
The Sox initially drafted him in the 14th round of the 1991 MLB Draft. He played six seasons (1991-1996) in the Red Sox minor leagues making his way up to AAA Pawtucket. He then spent the next eight seasons as the bullpen catcher (1997-2004). After his tenure as a catcher, he began working as a pro scout (2005) and a Major League advance scout (2006-12).
Upon the hiring of John Farrell, Levangie was named the new bullpen coach, before Alex Cora expressed that he would remain on the current coaching staff. (2013-2016). Also, in 2015 during Farrell’s absence, he was the bench coach under former Red Sox coach, Tory Lovullo.
Red Sox fans may be very apathetic about this move. Levangie’s promotion establishes a sense of continuity within the pitching staff, as he is the only member returning from the prior regime.
With the 2017 Red Sox pitching staff having a breakout year, it was wise for Alex Cora to allow his pitchers to continue to work with a familiar face.