Red Sox Announce Coaching Staff

RED SOX ANNOUNCE 2012 MAJOR LEAGUE COACHING
STAFF

 

BOSTON, MA—The Boston
Red Sox today announced their 2012 Major League coaching staff.  Tim Bogar has
been named bench coach, Bob McClure joins the staff as pitching coach, Alex
Ochoa has been appointed first base coach and Jerry Royster has been named third
base coach.    

 

Additionally, Hitting Coach
Dave Magadan and Bullpen Coach Gary Tuck will both return in the same roles they
held in 2011.

 

Executive Vice
President/General Manager Ben Cherington and Manager Bobby Valentine made the
announcements.

 

The 45-year-old Bogar enters
his fourth year with the Red Sox in 2012.  He spent the last two seasons as
Boston's third base coach after joining the club as first base coach prior to
the 2009 campaign.  He served as the quality assurance coach for the Tampa Bay
Rays in 2008 and previously managed in the Houston Astros (2004-05) and
Cleveland Indians (2006-07) minor league systems, leading his clubs to a 289-200
mark (.591) and three postseason appearances.  A former infielder selected by
the New York Mets in the eighth round of the 1987 draft, Bogar played 701 Major
League games over nine seasons with the Mets (1993-96), Astros (1997-2000) and
Los Angeles Dodgers (2001).  He played under Valentine in New York for part of
the 1996 season. 

 

McClure, 59,
recently joined the Red Sox organization as a special assignment
scout/instructor.  He spent the last six seasons as the pitching coach for the
Kansas City Royals after being named to that position on October 12, 2005. 
During his tenure as Kansas City's pitching coach, he worked with 2009 American
League Cy Young Award Winner Zack Greinke and his 2011 staff's 4.44 ERA was the
best single-season mark for the club since 1994.  Prior to joining the Royals,
he served as a minor league pitching coach in the Colorado Rockies system for
seven seasons, including three years with Single-A Salem from 1999-2001 and four
seasons with Triple-A Colorado Springs from 2002-05.  McClure began his coaching
career with the Florida Marlins in 1994 as a coach on the Major League staff and
also served as a scout with the Marlins in 1996.  A left-handed pitcher, he
played 19 Major League seasons with the Royals (1975-76), Brewers (1977-86),
Expos (1986-88), Mets (1988), Angels (1989-91), Cardinals (1991-92) and Marlins
(1993), compiling a 68-57 record with 52 saves and a 3.81 ERA (490 ER/1,158.2
IP) in 698 career games (73 starts).

 

Ochoa, 39, was
the hitting coach for Boston's High-A Salem affiliate last season and his
batters led the Carolina League in on-base percentage (.328), and finished third
in average (.254) and slugging (.387).  He began his professional coaching
career in 2009 as Boston's staff assistant and served as a special assistant in
the Red Sox Baseball Operations department in 2010.  Ochoa is a veteran of eight
Major League seasons with the Mets (1995-97), Twins (1998), Brewers (1999,
2002), Reds (2000-01), Rockies (2001) and Angels (2002).  An outfielder, he hit
.279 (597-for-2,143) with 131 doubles, 19 triples, 46 home runs, 261 RBI, 320
runs, 203 walks and 56 stolen bases over 807 career games.  Ochoa played under
Valentine for parts of two seasons with the Mets in
1996-97.

 

The 59-year-old
Royster has been involved in professional baseball for over 40 years.  He most
recently managed the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization from
2008-10, becoming the league's first foreign manager.  He led the Giants to the
playoffs in each of his three seasons at the helm.  Royster previously served on
Major League coaching staffs as third base coach for the Rockies in their
inaugural 1993 campaign and as the Brewers bench coach from 2000 until taking
over as interim manager from April 18, 2002 through the end of that season.  His
minor league managerial experience includes stints in the Dodgers (1989-92,
2005-06) and Padres (1995-98) systems, including five seasons at the Triple-A
level.  Additionally, he was Montreal's minor league base running/infield
coordinator in 1999 and the Dodgers minor league infield coordinator from
2003-04.  Royster signed with the Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1970, two
years after Valentine began his minor league career with Los Angeles.  He played
parts of 16 seasons in the Majors with the Dodgers (1973-75), Braves (1976-84,
1988), Padres (1985-86), White Sox (1987) and Yankees (1987).  Primarily a
second and third baseman, he batted .249 (1,049-for-4,208) with 165 doubles, 33
triples, 40 home runs and 352 RBI in 1,428 career Big League
games.

 

— RED SOX