Rich Gedman started with the Red Sox in 1977 as an undrafted free agent out of St. Peter-Marian High in Worcester. He went on to spent parts of 11 seasons in Boston and twice made the All-Star team.
He helped lead the Sox into the 1986 Series and was the man behind the plate on April 29, 1986 when Roger Clemens struck out 20 Mariners.
Geddy was traded to Houston 1990 and was out of baseball after the 1993 season. Now he’s back with the Sox, hired to be Lowell’s hitting coach.
“It’s nice to be back with the Red Sox after spending so much of my youth there,” the Gedman said. “I’ve been in contact with the organization over the years about potential openings and job opportunities and this was the time it worked for them. There’s an opportunity there for me and it’s up to me to make it work.
“I didn’t invent anything but I can pass on the things I learned from people like Walt Hriniak when I played. I had the work ethic and I understood the approach to hitting and how to prepare. I want to see how I fit in with their organization.
Gedman was manager of the independent Worcester Tornadoes from 2005-10. He said he likes working with younger players.
“Baseball is a way to keep young. It’s a boy’s game and even at the highest level, we sometimes act like kids. You want to have fun. But that comes with success and how you handle pressure helps you have that success,” he said.
Gedman said he has no designs on getting back to the majors as a coach or manager. For now, he’s happy to have a job with the Sox.
“Lowell seems like a good fit but I would have been happy to go anywhere,” he said. “However I can help the Red Sox is fine with me. I haven’t thought about the future beyond this season.”
The Red Sox also made a good hire in Chili Davis, the new Pawtucket hitting coach. In 1998, when he was with the Yankees, Davis spent a few weeks in Norwich, Conn., on a rehab and I had a chance to interview him several times while working for the paper there. He’s a personable guy who knows a lot about hitting.