Red Sox name Arnie Beyeler as first-base coach

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Red Sox name Arnie Beyeler as first-base coach

The Red Sox promoted from within Tuesday, adding Arnie Beyeler, who managed the Pawtucket Red Sox for the past two seasons, to the major-league coaching staff as the team's first-base coach.

Beyeler replaces Alex Ochoa, who likely will not return to the organization in 2013.

Beyeler also becomes the second former Pawtucket manager to join John Farrell's staff. Earlier, Farrell named Torey Lovullo, who preceded Beyeler in Pawtucket, as his bench coach.

Previously, Beyeler, who has been part of the Red Sox' organization for a total of 10 years, managed Double A Portland from 2007-10. He also managed the organization's short-season Single A affiliate in Lowell in 2000 and '01, then moved to Single A Augusta for a season in 2003.

This past season, Beyeler led the PawSox to the International League championship. They lost in the Triple A championship game.

Beyeler, 48, also managed in the Texas system and later coached in the San Diego organization. He spent six seasons in the minor leagues in the Detroit Tigers organization, getting as far as Triple A Toledo. He then scouted for the Tigers and coaching for affiliates in the Yankees' organization.

By hiring Beyeler, the Sox need only to add a hitting coach (or two) to complete their staff. Among the candidates: Scott Fletcher, Greg Colbrunn, Rick Schu, Victor Rodriguez and Craig Counsell.

His hiring means that the PawSox will have their fourth manager in the last five seasons in 2013, following Ron Johnson (2009), Lovullo (2010) and Beyeler (2011-12).

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.