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.
Raymond Clayborn has been voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, beating out both Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour for the honor. The corner, who is tied for the franchise record for interceptions with Ty Law (36), will be the 26th person inducted to the Hall.
Clayborn was a three-time Pro Bowler (1983, 1985, 1986) during his 13-year Patriots career from 1977 through 1989. He was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (16th overall) out of Texas in 1977, and chipped in both in the secondary and as a kick returner. As a rookie in the return game, he averaged 31 yards per return and brought back three for touchdowns.
Clayborn reacted to the news on Twitter soon after the announcement was made.
"I was fortunate to be a season ticket holder during Raymond's entire Patriots career," Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "For the first half of his career, he teamed with Michael Haynes to form one of the best corner tandems in league history. Throughout his career, Raymond was a physical, shutdown corner.
"One of my favorite memories was watching the 1985 team advance to the Super Bowl after Raymond helped us break the Orange Bowl curse when he stymied future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino with a dominant performance against Pro Bowl receivers Mark Duper and Mark Clayton. Raymond had six passes defensed and an interception to help us claim our first conference title. It was the greatest upset victory in franchise history at the time and one the entire New England region celebrated. It is a well-deserved honor and I look forward to presenting him his hall of fame jacket."
Clayborn has been a finalist for each of the last four years but was not able to generate enough support in the annual online vote to beat out Ty Law (2014 inductee), Willie McGinest (2015) or Kevin Faulk (2016). Clayborn was eligible to be voted in by the senior committee since he's now been retired for 25 years, but he did not receive the requisite eight of 10 senior committee votes to be elected in that way.
As it turns out, he didn't need to be.