Red Sox name Victor Rodriguez assistant hitting coach


Red Sox name Victor Rodriguez assistant hitting coach

BOSTON -- The Red Sox added a second hitting instructor to their coaching staff Friday, naming Victor Rodriguez as assistant hitting coach.

The announcement comes one day after the Red Sox named Greg Colbrunn hitting coach.

Rodriguez, 51, has spent the last six seasons -- from 2007-12 -- as Bostons minor-league hitting coordinator, a position he also held in 2002. For three seasons, from 2004-06, he was the clubs Latin field coordinator after serving as a minor league-hitting instructor in 2003.

Rodriguez previously served six seasons as a hitting coach in the Red Sox system at High-A Sarasota (1996-98), at Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox (1999, 2001) and Single-A Augusta (2000). He began his coaching career in the Boston organization in 1995 after playing in 31 games with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Rodriguez played in 17 major-league games, with the Orioles (1984) and Twins (1989), and batted .429 (12-for-28).

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.