Rich Gedman will serve as the PawSox' hitting coach in 2015. (Photo courtesy Pawtucket Red Sox)

Red Sox announce Rich Gedman, Bob Kipper as new PawSox coaches

Rob Bradford
January 08, 2015 - 8:56 am

Rich Gedman keeps getting closer to a return to the big leagues. The former Red Sox catcher has been named as the hitting coach for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. Gedman, who interviewed with the Sox for their hitting coach job earlier in the offseason, has spent the last two seasons guiding hitters for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. It's his fifth year in the Red Sox minor league system, with his coaching career beginning as an Can-Am Independent League manager from 2005-10. Dave Joppie, who was the hitting coach for the PawSox last season, will take Gedman's place in Portland. Also new to the PawSox' staff is Bob Kipper, who spent the last five seasons as the Sea Dogs' pitching coach. He replaces Rich Saveur, who has left the organization. Kipper is entering his 17th season in the Red Sox organization, serving as the Red Sox' bullpen coach for the 2002 season. Returning as the PawSox' manager is Kevin Boles, who guided his team to the International League's Governors' Cup for the 2014 season. In so doing, the PawSox became just the third team in the 131-year history of the IL to go to three straight Governors'€™ Cup Finals with three different managers. (Arnie Beyeler in 2012 when the PawSox won the Cup, Gary DiSarcina in 2013 when the PawSox lost in the Cup Finals, and Boles in 2014 when the PawSox recaptured the Cup.) Also returning on Pawtucket's staff will be Bruce Crabbe.