The Red Sox have filled out their coaching staff by plucking someone from one of their American League East rivals.
Tim Bogar, who spent last season as an assistant major league coach with the Tampa Bay Rays, was named Boston’s first base coach today. He replaces Luis Alicea, who was let go shortly after the postseason ended.
Bogar, who had a quick conference call with the media, along with manager Terry Francona at 2 p.m., spent last season in charge of infield and baserunning instruction for Tampa Bay, and also helped with advance series preparation. He also worked as a minor league manager in the Indians and Astros systems.
The new Sox first base coach seemed excited to get back on the field. While he worked in a number of capacities for the Rays last season, he was not part of the uniformed crew, which he will be with the Sox this season.
“It was a very unique situation where I got to deal with very different areas, the scouting side, the front office,” Bogar said. “But also dealing with the major league staff, going over the game of the previous night. It opened up my eyes to what went on at this level. I also missed being on the field … having a direct impact as the game progresses on. I’m really looking forward to having that again.”
Bogar, 44, played nine major league seasons, primarily as a shortstop, with the New York Mets (1993-96), Houston (1997-2000) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2001), compiling a .228 batting average with 24 home runs and 161 RBI in 701 games.
Bogar is the only new addition to the Sox coaching staff, after the team retained the rest of its coaches. Though both bench coach Brad Mills and third base coach DeMarlo Hale interviewed in Seattle, they will return to the staff when the Mariners decided on Don Wakamatsu.
“Already sent him some emails this morning,” Francona said. “It’s not rocket science. Baseball getting played correctly is what we’re trying to do. Getting some of his opinions, too. [He’ll] be in charge of the infield play, be in charge of how we align ourselves in the infield defensively, infield drills in spring training.”
Here is a deeper look at Bogar’s somewhat innovative duties with the Rays.