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The Red Sox hope to have their coaching staff in place by Christmas

Dec 16, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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Rob Bradford of WEEI.com hears that the Red Sox hope to have Bobby Valentine’s coaching staff in place by Christmas.

As of now, bullpen coach Gary Tuck, third base coach Tim Bogar and hitting coach Dave Magadan are returning, which leaves the Red Sox looking for a new pitching coach, bench coach and first base coach. According to Bradford, Bogar could potentially move to one of the vacant positions. We assume that doesn’t include pitching coach, because that would just be weird.

During an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM earlier today, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed that Brad Arnsberg and Neil Allen have interviewed for the pitching coach vacancy. Arnsberg has previously served as pitching coach with the Expos, Marlins, Blue Jays and Astros. Allen is currently the pitching coach for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate, but has never coached in the majors.

Cherington also acknowledged today that he has interviewed candidates beyond those which have been made public, though reports have suggested that former Athletics, Mets and Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson is not a candidate to join Bobby V’s staff.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 16, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    That’s only 8 or 9 days away. If they work at the same speed as they are trying to work out the Theo Epstein compensation with the Cubs it could be spring training before they have their coaching staff in place.

  2. neelyisgod - Dec 16, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Compensation will come in the form of Prince Fielder…………. for a player to be named” later” LOL

    • bozosforall - Dec 16, 2011 at 10:07 PM

      Then “neelyisdog” wakes up,…in a pool of his own urine.

  3. bozosforall - Dec 16, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    They are still gonna SUCK!

  4. flyboat44 - Dec 16, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Bring back Buckner!

  5. randygnyc - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Grady little as your bench coach with Dwight Gooden as the pitching coach and of course, Buckner belongs at first. There, done!

  6. cintiphil - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Plenty of time left even after the first of the year, but then it will be close.

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