After spending the last few years working in the Red Sox minor league system -- most recently as the organization's minor league pitching coordinator -- Dave Bush will serve as Boston's major league pitching coach, having been hired to replace the re-assigned Dana LeVangie.
Bush spent nine years in the big leagues, pitching for three different organizations. BostonSportsJournal.com spoke with him recently about his new role and how he views the job of pitching coach.
BSJ: How did the process come about that you were hired as pitching coach? Once the position became open, was it something you pursued? Dave Bush: "I went into without any expectations, but pleased to be involved in the process and obviously I'm happy with how it turned out.''
BSJ: We're seeing the job of pitching coach change quite a bit, including qualifications and background. How do you see the role evolving? Bush: "I think all coaching roles have evolved quite a bit in the big leagues. There's so much more information available than there used to be. The qualifications that guys need to be good big league coaches has changed each year. I think things kind of fell into place for me in a good way. The last three years, I was working within the system, focusing on analytics and a lot of my responsibilities on the minor league side (included) taking the information and making it usable for players and helping the coaches to learn what the different things meant. So I had a lot of practice in working with staff and with players. I think the game has just kind of evolved and evolved a way that I figured I could contribute in a good way.''
BSJ: How big a role do analytics play in the job now? Bush: "When I first started to working with the Red Sox