February 25, 2010

Red Sox retain Sea Dogs' coaching staff

KEVIN THOMAS

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Photo by John Ewing/Staff Photographer... Wednesday, April 8, 2009... Portland Sea Dogs Manager, Arnie Beyeler

Staff Writer

The entire Portland Sea Dogs coaching staff again is returning for the 2010 season.

The decision was confirmed Monday by Mike Hazen, the Boston Red Sox director of player development.

Arnie Beyeler, 45, will be back for his fourth season, a record tenure for the Sea Dogs franchise.

Pitching coach Mike Cather, 38, also will return for his fourth year, and hitting coach Dave Joppie, 43, will begin his third season.

Portland is the Double-A minor league affiliate for the Red Sox.

The Red Sox also announced two newcomers to the coaching staff at Triple-A Pawtucket: Manager Torey Lovullo and hitting coach Gerald Perry.

Lovullo, 44, comes to the organization from the Cleveland Indians, where he was Triple-A manager for four years. He replaces Ron Johnson, who joined the Red Sox staff. Johnson managed the Sea Dogs in 2003-04.

When Johnson got promoted, Beyeler wondered if he might go to Triple-A, but the Red Sox moved quickly to hire Lovullo.

''I can't complain about being in Portland,'' Beyeler said. ''It's a great place to be and I get treated well.

''It would have been nice (to be considered for the Triple-A job), but Torey is a great guy and he's good for the organization.''

Beyeler has managed the Sea Dogs to a 212-212 record over the past three seasons. His first two teams reached the Eastern League playoffs, losing in the first round. Last year's team finished 67-74, in fourth place in the Northern Division.

Beyeler was a minor league infielder in the Detroit Tigers organization from 1986-91. After serving as a scout and a minor league coach, Beyeler began his managerial career in 2000 with the Lowell Spinners, a Class A affiliate of the Red Sox. He later managed in the Texas organization and was the Double-A hitting coach for San Diego before coming back to the Red Sox in 2007 as Portland's manager.

Cather, who pitched with Atlanta, joined the Red Sox organization as a Class A pitching coach in 2006. He came to the Sea Dogs the following year.

Joppie has coached and managed in the minor leagues for 15 years. The Red Sox hired him as a Class A hitting coach in 2006 and he joined Beyeler's staff in 2008.

The Sea Dogs' staff has overseen the development of several players promoted to the majors, including outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Reddick, infielder Jed Lowrie, and pitchers Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard, Junichi Tazawa and Michael Bowden.

Beyeler surpassed Carlos Tosca for the longest tenure as a Sea Dogs manager. Tosca managed Portland when it was a Florida Marlins affiliate, from its inaugural season in 1994 to 1996.

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at:

kthomas@pressherald.com

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