Red Sox Hire Former PawSox Player as Assistant Hitting Coach

Ken Bell

kbell@abc6.com

Red Sox news release…

RED SOX NAME VICTOR RODRIGUEZ ASSISTANT HITTING COACH

 

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today named Victor Rodriguez as the club's Major League assistant hitting coach.  Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington and Manager John Farrell made the announcement.

 

The 2013 season will mark Rodriguez's 19th in the Red Sox organization and will be his first year on the Major League staff. 

 

The
51-year-old Rodriguez has spent the last six seasons from 2007-12 as
Boston's minor league hitting coordinator, a position he also held in
2002.  For three seasons from 2004-06, he was the club's Latin field
coordinator after serving as a minor league hitting instructor in 2003.

 

Rodriguez
previously served six seasons as a hitting coach in the Red Sox system
at High-A Sarasota (1996-98), Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox
(1999, 2001) and Single-A Augusta (2000).  He began his coaching career
in the Boston organization in 1995 after playing in 31 games with
Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

Born
in New York City, Rodriguez was signed by Baltimore in 1977 at the age
of 15 out of Naguabo High School in Puerto Rico.  He played for parts of
19 professional seasons in the Orioles (1977-84), Padres (1985),
Cardinals (1986-87), Twins (1988-91), Phillies (1992-93), Marlins (1994)
and Red Sox (1995) organizations, including 17 Major League games over
stints with Baltimore (1984) and Minnesota (1989) over which he hit .429
(12-for-28).  In 1,759 minor league games, Rodriguez hit at a .295 clip
(1,905-for-6,468) with 102 home runs and 774 RBI.  He received the
Clyde Kluttz Orioles Organization Player of the Year Award in 1981.

 

Rodriguez's
son Victor, Jr. is currently a scout for the Red Sox, and his son
Miguel is a catcher in the Boston system after being drafted by the club
in 2012.

 

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