Astros bench coach Álex Cora may still be celebrating Houston’s World Series win, but as the new manager of the Boston Red Sox, he’s got plenty of work to do. Step one was announced Thursday with a fresh slate of coaches and instructors.
Cora’s team of Ron Roenicke, Tom Goodwin, and Carlos Febles will replace Gary Disarcina, Ruben Amaro, and Brian Butterfield as bench coach, first base coach, and third base coach, respectively.
Roenicke will also serve as the outfield and base running instructor. Febles will be the major league club’s infield instructor.
Dana LeVangie, 48, so far the only holdover from John Farrell‘s staff, will be back as bullpen coach and catching coordinator. LeVangie also assists with advance scouting.
New bench coach Roenicke, 61, had a 13-year playing career with 527 major league games with the Dodgers, Mariners, Padres, Giants, Phillies and Reds. Since 1991 he’s been a professional coach with 20 of those years on a big league staff, including managing the Brewers 2011 through part of 2015. Roenicke has been third base coach the past two seasons with the Angels.
Roenicke’s long coaching résumé may soothe the nerves of some fans concerned with Cora’s limited managerial experience.
First base coach Goodwin, 49, is no stranger to the Red Sox having spent four seasons coaching in Boston’s minor league system (2008-11), including time spent as outfield and base running coordinator for the short-season Single-A Lowell Spinners.
Goodwin’s 17-year playing career included stints with the Dodgers, Royals, Rangers, Rockies, Giants, and Chicago Cubs. Goodwin stole at least 50 bases in four different seasons, including a career-best 66 in 1996. He has been first base coach with the Mets since 2012.
It what turned out to be a case of “trading places,” Ken Rosenthal, senior writer for The Athletic, reported late Thursday that Goodwin’s replacement for the Mets would be none other than Boston’s first base coach Amaro.
For new third base coach Febles, 41, the 2018 season will be his first on a major league coaching staff. The six-season MLB veteran has managed 901 minor league games since 2008, all within the Red Sox system, including High-A level for Salem and Lancaster, short-season Single-A Lowell, Low-A Greenville, High-A Salem, and Double-A Portland. Febles (which is pronounced “FAY-bless”) played 1998-2003 with the Royals (506 games) then in 68 games for the Red Sox Triple-A team in Pawtucket.
The Red Sox are still in need of a pitching and hitting coaches to replace Carl Willis and Chili Davis, who left for the same roles with the Indians and Cubs, respectively.