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Gary Tuck resigns as Red Sox bullpen coach, citing personal reasons

Jan 30, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Red Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck retained his job as the lone holdover from Bobby Valentine’s staff, but now the 58-year-old has resigned from the position while citing personal reasons.

Tuck, who also served as catching instructor and has been with the Red Sox since 2006, took a leave of absence from the team last season for undisclosed personal reasons. However, as recently as last week he was working with catcher Ryan Lavarnway in Florida, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

“He felt it was time to retire,” manager John Farrell said. “Talented guy. Will miss him.”

Cafardo speculates that Jason Varitek “could be a candidate” to replace Tuck, although previously Varitek has indicated that he’s not interested in a full-time coaching gig at this point.

  1. redsox51 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    What the Tuck?

  2. digbysellers - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I met him a few times, he always had a greGARYous personality.

    Let the spelling folks commence firing back…

  3. fanofevilempire - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    he looks like a drunkard.
    alcohol is bad.

    • bobwsc - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      along the lines of what Dave Chappelle said while impersonating Rick James, “I wish I had had more hands, so I could give that comment four thumbs down.”

      • dangernearing - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        “I wish I had had FOUR hands, so I could give that comment four thumbs down.”

      • bobwsc - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        right – Chappelle’s actual line was “more hands” but “four hands” makes literal sense.

    • drewzducks - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Mickey Mantle’s rotten liver would disagree.

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