The Red Sox today named Luis Alicea as the club’s new first base coach.
The team released the following details on the assignment:
Alicea, 40, joins the major league coaching staff after three seasons as a manager in Boston’s minor league system. He guided Single-A Greenville of the South Atlantic League to a 67-70 overall record in 2006. Alicea spent the previous two years at Single-A Lowell in the New York-Penn League with the Spinners posting a 74-77 overall record in that span.
This fall, Alicea managed the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. Seven players from the Red Sox organization, pitchers Lenny DiNardo, Barry Hertzler, Kyle Jackson and David Pauley; catcher Dusty Brown; infielder Chad Spann; and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, were members of that AFL team.
Alicea played 13 seasons in the major leagues with St. Louis (1988; 91-94; 96), Boston (1995), Anaheim (1997), Texas (1998-2000), and Kansas City (2001-02), compiling a .260 batting average with 47 homers and 422 RBI in 1341 games. Primarily a second baseman, he also saw action at the other three infield positions and in the outfield in his big league career.
The switch-hitter enjoyed his best season with the Rangers in 2000, establishing career highs with a .294 average, 139 games, 85 runs, 159 hits, and 63 RBI. Alicea was the Red Sox’ regular second baseman in his lone season in Boston in 1995 with a .270 batting average in 132 games. He ranked fourth in the National League with 11 triples in 1992. Alicea was the Cardinals’ first round pick in the 1986 First Year Player Draft after an outstanding career at Florida State University.
Alicea’s appointment completes Boston’s 2007 major league coaching staff. He joins pitching coach John Farrell, third base coach DeMarlo Hale, hitting coach Dave Magadan, bench coach Brad Mills, and bullpen coach Gary Tuck on Francona’s staff.
The 2007 manager at Single-A Greenville has yet to be determined.