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McAdam: As the Red Sox bring back most of their coaches, what does it signal?

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In a surprise move, the Red Sox elected to bring back almost their entire coaching staff for 2021 -- despite not having a manager in place.

The team announced Monday that first base coach Tom Goodwin, third base coach Carlos Febles, pitching coach Dave Bush, assistant pitching coach Kevin Walker, special assistant/catching coach Jason Varitek, hitting coach Tim Hyers, and assistant hitting coach Peter Fatse were invited back.

Only bench coach Jerry Narron and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson were not invited back.

Narron was hand-picked by Ron Roenicke when Roenicke was hired to manage the Red Sox in February. Narron had served in the same capacity when Roenicke managed in Milwaukee. When the Sox, on the final day of the 2020 season, announced that Roenicke would not be returning to manage the team, it became obvious that Narron's tenure with the club would also be soon over.

Bjornson was originally hired by Alex Cora, having served on the same Houston coaching staff with Cora.