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Red Sox name Butterfield third base coach

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  October 30, 2012 12:08 PM

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Brian Butterfield spent nearly 11 full seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, serving as a third base coach and bench coach under four managers. He was one of the constants in that organization.

That ended on Tuesday when the Red Sox named Butterfield as their new third base coach.

A 54-year-old native of Bangor, Maine, Butterfield is the second Blue Jays coach to join manager John Farrell in moving to Boston. Torey Lovullo was named bench coach last week.

The Red Sox still need a pitching coach, hitting coach, first base coach and bullpen coach to complete their staff. The Sox have not ruled out first base coach Alex Ochoa or bullpen coach Gary Tuck returning, but have not committed to them.

Butterfield, who was recruited by several other teams, should be a strong addition to the staff. Butterfield has shown good judgment at third base during his tenure with the Jays and is an excellent infield instructor.

Like Lovullo, he also has the ability to communicate well with players and that should help improve the atmosphere around the team.

Butterfield joined the Blue Jays in 2002. He previously worked for the Yankees (1994-95) and Diamondbacks (1998-2000) under Buck Showalter. In all, he has 16 years of experience coaching on the major league level.

Butterfield also managed for parts of six seasons in the Yankees organization, from rookie ball to Triple A. He was a roving infield instructor for the Yankees as well and a minor league coach. He held similar duties for the Diamondbacks for two years.

Butterfield attended the University of Maine as a freshman, playing baseball and basketball. He continued his career at Valencia Community College and Florida Southern.

Florida Southern won the NCAA Division II national championship in 1978 with Butterfield playing second base. The Yankees signed him as a non-drafted free agent in 1979.

Butterfield played 397 games in the minors, getting to Triple A with the Yankees in 1982. He is the son of Jack Butterfield, the former Maine baseball coach who joined the Yankees as a scout in 1976 and became vice president of player development and scouting before his death in 1979.

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