By Maureen Mullen
BOSTON The Red Sox announced their minor-league staffs Wednesday, with the big news being they've promotedArnie Beyeler from Double-A Portland to manage at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Beyeler, who turns 47 in February, has managed for 10 seasons, including seven in the Sox organization. He had managed Portland for the previous four seasons, and also managed Single-A Lowell and Augusta. Previously, he managed the Rangers High-A team for three seasons and coached in the Padres and Yankees organizations and was a scout for the Tigers. He played second base, third base, and shortstop in Detroits system from 19861991. This is his first year managing at the Triple-A level.
"I'm very excited about the organization giving me the opportunity and look forward to working with the players and staff in Pawtucket," said Beyeler, who is currently coaching in Venezuela.
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Rich Sauveur will return as Pawtuckets pitching coach, while the hittingcoachs job remains vacant. Chili Davis, who was under consideration for the Triple-A manager job, was the hitting coach for the Australian National team for three years and served the same role for the Dodgers' instructional league this past season. Jon Jochim returns as athletic trainer.
Kevin Boles was promoted to Portland after managing High-A Salem last season andSingle-A Greenville the previous two seasons. Prior to that, Boles managed and coached in the Twins and Royals organizations for six seasons. His father, John, managed the Marlins in 1996 and 19992001. Bob Kipper, Dave Joppie, and Paul Buchheit return as Portlands pitching coach, hitting coach, and athletic trainer, respectively.
Bruce Crabbe, who has been in the Sox organization for six seasons, will manageSalem after managing Lowell in 2010. He has also served as the organizations infield coordinator for four seasons. Crabbe previously coached and managed in the Rangers organization for seven seasons and was named the Appalachian Leagues manager of the year in 1999. Kevin Walker moves from Greenville to Salem as the pitching coach. Alex Ochoa, who was a special assistant in the baseball operations department last season, will serve as Salems hitting coach in 2011. Brandon Henry returns as athletic trainer.
Billy McMillon returns for his second season managing Greenville. Dick Such,who served as Salems pitching coach the previous two seasons, will take over that role in Greenville. Luis Lopez returns as hitting coach and David Herrera returns as athletic trainer.
Carlos Febles will make his managerial debut with Lowell, after serving asSalems hitting coach in 2009 and 2010. This will be his fifth season in the Sox organization. He has been with Lowell previously, as the hitting coach in 2007. Paul Abbott joins the organization as Lowells pitching coach. A third-round pick of Minnesota in 1985, he spent parts of 11 seasons with the Twins, Indians, Mariners, Royals, Rays, and Phillies. He has coached or managed for the independent Golden Leagues Orange Country Flyers and Fullerton (Calif.) Junior College. Mauricio Elizondo will return as athletic trainer. Lowells hitting coach job has yet to be filled.
George Lombard, who joined the organization last season, will make his managingdebut with the Gulf Coast Rookie League. Dave Tomlin remains with the team as a coach after serving as manager for the past five seasons. Walter Miranda returns as pitching coach and U.L. Washington returns as hitting coach.
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