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Nip in the 'pen

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  November 16, 2005 06:59 PM

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The Red Sox may be without a general manager, but they have a new bullpen coach.

Al Nipper was named today as the Red Sox bullpen coach and the team also announced that Bill Haselman, Ron Jackson, Brad Mills and Dave Wallace have been invited to return to the coaching staff in 2006.

Nipper, Boston’s minor league pitching coordinator in 2005, has spent 17 seasons in the Red Sox organization as a pitcher, minor league pitching coach, major league pitching coach and minor league pitching coordinator. The 46-year-old former Sox hurler joins the Red Sox major league staff for the second time after serving as the club’s pitching coach for part of the 1995 and 1996 campaigns. He also was Kansas City’s major league pitching coach from 2001-02.

Originally selected by Boston in the 1980 amateur draft, Nipper won 42 games for the Red Sox from 1983-87 before completing his career with the Cubs (1988) and Indians (1990). In 1992, he made his coaching debut with Boston’s rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox and remained in the organization as a pitching coach through the 1997 campaign.

Nipper then served as Texas’ minor league pitching coordinator for three seasons and as Kansas City’s pitching coach for two campaigns. He returned to the Red Sox organization as their pitching coach at Single-A Sarasota from 2003-04.

Jackson, Haselman, Wallace and Mills have been invited to return to manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff in 2006, joining DeMarlo Hale, who was named the club’s third base coach on October 22.

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