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DiSarcina introduced as PawSox new manager

Posted by Craig Forde  December 14, 2012 04:17 PM

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PAWTUCKET – On Friday afternoon, with the Governor’s Cup perched ten feet from where heThumbnail image for photo (13).JPG sat, Gary DiSarcina was introduced as the 19th manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium.

The former Lowell Spinners skipper (2007-2009) and Billerica native, rejoins the Red Sox organization after spending the last two seasons in the Los Angeles Angels front office, and seemed eager to get down to business.

“The last two years have been tremendous to me as far as being educated in the front office side of things,” said DiSarcina. “But, it’s very exciting to be back.”

Flanked by former Red Sox players and current front office heads, DiSarcina had the full approval of all involved with the process of naming the next manager of the Red Sox Triple-A club.

"I think there are a lot of qualities that are necessary in this job that [DiSarcina] possesses,” said Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett. “The personality, the experience he had as a player, the different experiences as a manager and coordinator and in the front office. I think all those things combined put him in a really good place to succeed.”

DiSarcina will be looking to show off these qualities and use this opportunity as a chance to groom himself for a future position at a higher level, something he didn’t know he truly wanted until a year ago when he was thrust back into a managerial role for the Angels.

“When I was with the Angels I filled in for four days with our Double-A team,” said DiSarcina on why he wanted to be back on the bench. “The [managing] bug caught me. I missed the daily interaction with the players.

“Ultimately I want to be in a big league dugout. I know it takes time and you have to learn.”

Prior to getting the Pawtucket job, DiSarcina had just been promoted to special assistant to the general manager with the Angels and was heading into a meeting where with the team where he thought he was going to be discussing organizational matters.

“I walked into our Angels suite [at the Winter Meetings in Nashville], prepared to talk about our players and our strategy,” said DiSarcina. “I sat down on the couch for five minutes and [Angels G.M.] Jerry DiPoto said “I need to talk to you for a second.””

“From that day forth things have kind of been crazy. At first I thought the decision was going to be difficult…but the more I thought about it, the decision was very easy. The last week for me has just been trying to wrap my mind around being back.”

photo (12).JPGDiSarcina, who spent 12 years playing for the Angels, finished his playing career with Pawtucket in 2002 and wants to use those experiences in helping him communicate with current players at this level.

“Grinding it out at 33 years of age, having two kids and wife at the time, I just think those experiences, for me, is part of the whole gig,” said DiSarcina. “You’ve got to come in here and communicate with those guys. You have to make sure you talk to them every day.”

DiSarcina takes over for Arnie Beyeler who is now the first base coach for Boston after two seasons as the PawSox skipper.

Also new on the Pawtucket coaching staff is hitting coach Dave Joppie who was promoted from Portland after five seasons in the same position. Pitching coach Rich Sauveur returns to the PawSox for his fifth season.

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