The Red Sox announced their minor-league coaching staffs today. There were a few changes but the only new hire was that of George Lombard to be the hitting coach at Lowell.
Lombard, 34, retired as a player after spending 16 seasons in pro ball with seven organizations including the Red Sox from 2004-05. He played 144 games in the majors with the Braves, Tigers, Rays and Nationals.
Check out this feature story Chris Snow did on Lombard back in 2005. He's an interesting guy and by all accounts, has a bright future in baseball as a coach, manager or executive. Don't be surprised if he has a prominent role with the Sox within a few years.
Here are the minor-league staffs:
Pawtucket (Triple-A, International League): Torey Lovullo (manager), Rich Sauveur (pitching coach), Gerald Perry (hitting coach), Jon Jochim (trainer).
Portland (Double-A, Eastern League): Arnie Beyeler (manager), Bob Kipper (pitching coach), Dave Joppie (hitting coach), Paul Buchheit (trainer).
Salem (Single-A, Carolina League): Kevin Boles (manager), Dick Such (pitching coach), Carlos Febles (hitting coach), Brandon Henry (trainer).
Greenville (Single-A, South Atlantic League): Billy McMillon (manager), Kevin Walker (pitching coach), Luis Lopez (hitting coach), TBA (trainer).
Lowell (Single-A, New York-Penn League): Bruce Crabbe (manager), TBA (pitching coach), George Lombard (hitting coach), Dave Herrera (trainer).
Gulf Coast (Rookie, Gulf Coast League): Dave Tomlin (manager), Walter Miranda (pitching coach), U.L. Washington (hitting coach).