Red Sox promote Dana LeVangie from bullpen coach to pitching coach

The Red Sox will have a coaching staff full of first-timers in 2018.

Dana LeVangie, the club’s bullpen coach the past five seasons, was promoted to pitching coach yesterday. Next year will be the former minor league catcher’s 27th in pro ball, all in the Sox organization.

The Red Sox now have a first-time pitching coach, a first-time hitting coach in Tim Hyers, who was the assistant hitting coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers the last two years, and a first-time manager in Alex Cora. 

LeVangie was one of the only coaches on former manager John Farrell’s staff who was expected to return. Cora knows LeVangie from his time as a player with the Sox, when LeVangie was a scout. 

“(Cora) told me when he took the job he wanted Dana to remain,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said last week. “He’s kept the relationship and (has) known Dana for years, so that was an easy one as Dana was already under contract.”

It wasn’t easy for the Red Sox to assemble a coaching staff given that Cora was chosen as the next manager while the postseason was still underway and his focus was needed as bench coach of the eventual World Series champion Houston Astros. 

Many pitching coaches on the market shuffled teams, including Carl Willis, who was hired for the same role

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