With the World Series concluded and the off-season officially underway, the Red Sox announced a portion of their 2018 coaching staff Thursday, while leaving arguably the two most important positions unfilled for now.
"As soon as Alex (Cora) got hired, I asked him for his different thought processes as far as names were concerned,'' said president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. "My way of handling a coaching staff has always been that I think the manager should hire the coaching staff and I retain veto power. The names (hired), except for one, came from Alex.
Ron Roenicke, who managed the Milwaukee Brewers for five seasons and served as the Los Angeles Angels third base coach the last two years, will serve as Cora’s bench coach. Roenicke once managed Cora in the Dodgers' minor league system for two seasons.
"We wanted Alex to have a veteran bench coach,'' said Dombrowski, "someone with whom he would feel comfortable. He gave me Ron's name as someone he would really like.''
Carlos Febles, who has managed in the Red Sox minor league system for the past seven years including the last two at Double A Portland, will be the third base coach.
Tom Goodwin, who had worked in the Red Sox minor league system from 2008-2011 before serving the last six seasons as the New York Mets first base coach, will be the Sox’ first base coach and outfield instructor. He’ll also serve as the team’s baserunning instructor.
"(Cora) thought he could be a difference maker,'' said Dombrowski.
Dana LeVangie, who has been a part of the organization for better than 25 years, will return as the bullpen coach and continues to serve as the catching coordinator and help with advance scouting.
The team has yet to name a hitting coach or pitching coach.
Current Los Angeles Dodgers assistant hitting coach Tim Hyers, who worked for the Red Sox for a number of years as a scout and minor league hitting instructor, is believed to be the front-runner for the hitting instructor’s position.
Dombrowski added that the remainder of the coaches from last year -- first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr., assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez and bench coach Gary DiSarcina - would not return.
"Without getting into specifics,'' Dombrowski offered, "almost everyone has a contract elsewhere. I think there's one that's not solidified and is still talking to clubs. One is close to solidifying a deal and someone else has accepted a deal somewhere else (but) it's not announced.''