The Red Sox coaching staff pciture got a little clearer Tuesday with the announcement that Brian Butterfield has been named third base coach.
Butterfield, 54, had been on John Farrell's staff the last two seasons in Toronto. In fact, Butterfield had worked for the Blue Jays, in one capacity or another, for the past 11 seasons, serving as both third base coach and bench coach.
A native of Bangor, Maine, Buterfield has also served as a major league coach with the New York Yankees (1994-1995) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2000), each time serving under manager Buck Showalter.
Butterfield also has extensive minor league managerial experience, having managed parts of six seasons in the New York Yankees' system, where he formed a relationship with Showalter.
He played nearly 400 games in the minor leagues for both the Yankees and San Diego Padres.
Butterfield's hiring gives the Sox two coaches, joining bench coach Torey Lovullo, who was named bench coach late last week. Both worked on Farrell's staff in Toronto.
The Sox must still hire a hitting instructor, a pitching coach, a first base coach and a bullpen coach.
It's possible that both Gary Tuck (bullpen coach) and Alex Ochoa (first base coach) return from the 2012 staff to work for Farrell.
It seems likely that both the pitching coach and hitting instructor will come from outside the organization.
The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.
Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.
Red Sox-Pirates box score
Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.
Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.
Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.
This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.
Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine.
David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."
He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September.
The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.
Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.
Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence.
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Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.
David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.