Arnie Beyeler named first base coach

The Red Sox today named Arnie Beyeler as their first base coach.

Beyeler, 48, has been in professional baseball since 1986 as a player, scout, coach and manager. This will be his first time in the majors.

Beyeler managed Triple A Pawtucket to a 79-65 record last season and the franchise’s first International League championship in 28 years. Beyeler has 13 years of experience managing in the minors, going 802-756 and reaching the postseason six times.

“Arnie has had a successful professional career as a player, coach, and manager,” said Sox manager John Farrell. “This allows him to bring a wealth of experience to this position.”

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Beyeler was an all-conference infielder at Wichita State and played in the Detroit system from 1986-91, reaching Triple A. He spent the 1987 season playing with Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo for Single A Fayetteville.

Beyeler was an amateur scout for the Tigers from 1992-96 before joining the Yankees as a minor league coach from 1997-99.

Beyeler joined the Red Sox as a minor league manager in 2000. He managed Rookie League Lowell from 2000-01 and Single A Augusta in 2002.

A move to the Texas system followed. Beyeler managed in the minors for the Rangers from 2003-05 then spent a season as the hitting coach for Double A Mobile in the San Diego system.

He returned to the Red Sox in 2007 as the manager of Double A Portland.

Beyeler’s familiarity with the younger players on the roster should serve him well in his new role.

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