Gary Tuck, Boston's bullpen coach since 2006, retired seemingly out of nowhere recently, with just a couple of weeks to go before the start of spring training. Because of this, the Red Sox needed to find a replacement quickly, but they had plenty of internal options to mull over, making it a simpler process than for some of the other coaching vacancies that needed to be filled.
The Sox selected one of these internal candidates, making advance scout Dana Levangie the newest bullpen coach, and in the process creating an entirely new coaching staff for new manager John Farrell. Tuck was not only the last holdover from Bobby Valentine's short-lived reign, but also the last of the Terry Francona's coaches remaining.
Levangie has been involved in professional baseball since 1991, when the Red Sox drafted him in the 14th round out of American International University in Springfield, MA, where Levangie was named the first All-American player in that school's history. Levangie hit .410 in his collegiate career (and .462 with 13 homers in his senior year), and helped lead his Division II school to the College World Series for, like his All-American honoring, the first time in their history. Levangie was the second backstop of four selected by Boston in the draft, as Scott Hatteberg was picked with the third of three first-rounders at #43 overall.
Red Sox Hire Dana Levangie As Gary Tuck's Replacement
Over The Monster | Feb 6