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Red Sox add three to Alex Cora's coaching staff

Ty Anderson
November 02, 2017 - 12:40 pm

The morning after his Astros won Game 7 of the World Series, new Red Sox manager Alex Cora’s staff is beginning to take shape, with the hiring of three new coaches.

Tom Goodwin will take over for Ruben Amaro Jr. as their first base coach, and will also serve as the team’s outfield instructor and will coordinate base running instructions, and comes to the Red Sox from the Mets, where he’s served in the same role since the start of the 2012 season.

Goodwin actually worked with the Red Sox organization from 2008 to 2011, too, and was part of the coaching staff for the Single-A Spinners in 2008.

On the other side of the diamond, Carlos Febles will take yet another promotion, as he will take over for Brian Butterfield as the team’s third base coach and infield instructor. The 41-year-old Febles has served as the manager for the Double-A Sea Dogs since 2016, and has been a coach or instructor in the Sox organization since 2007. Febles, a native of the Dominican Republic, spent some time with the big league roster late last season, and reportedly has a good relationship with top Sox prospect Rafael Devers. 

But the biggest coaching move made by the Red Sox has come with their new bench coach, as Ron Roenicke will join the staff, replacing Gary DiSarcina.

Although Roenicke has spent the last three seasons as a third base coach, coaching the Dodgers in 2015 and then the Angels in 2016 and 2017, he does come to Boston’s staff with managerial experience as the Brewers’ skipper from 2011 to 2015.

Roenicke posted a 342-331 record (a .508 winning percentage) as Milwaukee’s manager, and led the Brewers to the National League Championship Series in 2011, and seems like the perfect complementary presence for Cora’s first year as a manager.

The team also announced that bullpen coach and catching coordinator Dana LeVangie, who also helps with some advanced scouting for the team, would return to the club.

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