Red Sox manager John Farrell unveiled the first member of his new coaching staff, naming Torey Lovullo as bench coach on Friday. While Farrell said he would like to complete his staff sooner than later, he is not yet ready to name his other coaches yet.
We've got some work to do, Farrell said. We're deep into it in terms of not only building lists as they relate to each position on the staff, but getting recommendations, kind of going deeper than just our personal relationships of an individual candidate. So were working through it. We'd like to get it done sooner than later. But we're not going to take any shortcuts just to put names to positions.
Tim Bogar was Bobby Valentines bench coach last season, a pairing that did not work well. Bogar and Farrell worked together on the Sox staff in Farrells last two seasons as the Sox pitching coach, when Bogar was the teams first base coach in 2009 and third base coach in 2010. Bogar appears to be out of the Sox mix. General manager Ben Cherington confirmed earlier in the week that all the Sox 2012 coaches were given permission to look elsewhere. Farrell said Friday Bogar was aware of Farrells intent to hire Lovullo as his bench coach.
Tim is obviously a very good baseball guy, Farrell said. He's been a successful player, coach, manager in his own right. But I think what I expressed to Tim, even coming into the position earlier in the week is that the staff positions were somewhat unknown, even though it was very clear in my mind that Torey was going to come in here as the bench coach, provided that he was able to make that move from Toronto, which obviously has been the case. So Tim was aware of the intent of bringing Torey in here. I still continue to have dialogue with Tim and will continue to do so based on how we construct this staff and what opportunities may still exist here.