Red Sox announce Dana LeVangie out as pitching coach

Rob Bradford
October 08, 2019 - 10:53 am

The assumption was that somebody had to pay the price for the Red Sox' underachieving in 2019. Tuesday we found out who those coaches were.

The Red Sox announced that pitching coach Dana LeVangie would not be returning to the position, having been reassigned to the professional scouting department. Also moved to pro scouting will be the team's manager of advance scouting Steve Langone.

Other moves include assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister leaving that spot but continuing as the Vice President of Pitching Development, focusing on pitcher development programs, primarily in the minor leagues.

The team also officially announced they were moving on from assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett.

LeVangie is the most notable of the transactions after having been universally praised in his first year as a pitching coach during the Red Sox' World Series run in 2018. That came after being retained from John Farrell's staff, which had seen the Massachusetts native serve as the Red Sox' bullpen coach.

This year, however, much of the blame for the Red Sox' troubles fell on a group of starting pitchers that went 50-50 with a 4.95 ERA while eating up a significant chunk of the club's payroll.

LeVangie has been in the Red Sox organization since being drafted as a catcher in 1991. He began his path toward a coaching career while serving as a bullpen catcher starting in the 1997 season.