Red Sox

Homegrown and the lone holdover, Dana LeVangie readies for new challenge as pitching coach

(Erin Kirkland/The Boston Red Sox)

When the 2017 Red Sox season ended with a whimper, in a four-game playoff loss to the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series, there was the deep sense of foreboding for many in the organization.

The team’s second-straight quick postseason exit immediately put manager John Farrell’s job in jeopardy, and with it, the job security of his coaching staff.

Sure enough, two days after the Sox were eliminated, Farrell was fired.

“It dawned on me a few days later,’’ said Dana LeVangie, who had served as Farrell’s bullpen coach,