Red Sox announce full 2021 coaching staff: Varitek to be full-time coach


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Dec 4, 2009
The Red Sox announced their 2021 coaching staff on Friday afternoon, giving former captain Jason Varitek a full-time coaching role for the first time and officially hiring Will Venable as the club’s bench coach.

Varitek is now the team’s game planning coordinator, which is a new position in the organization. He is now a full-time member of the coaching staff and will make every trip with the team, which has not been the case in previous years. Since 2012, when Varitek was hired as a special assistant and catching coach, he has served a hybrid role between the front office and coaching staff but has taken on added on-field responsibilities in recent years.

Venable, a former big-league outfielder who was the Cubs third base coach in 2020, interviewed for Boston’s managerial opening last month before the club brought back manager Alex Cora. Cora’s bench coach for his first stint as manager was Ron Roenicke, who took over as manager in 2020 and was let go at the end of the season.

The Red Sox also changed the title of two returning coaches. Kevin Walker, who was previously the assistant pitching coach, is now the bullpen coach, replacing Craig Bjornson. Ramon Vazquez, who was previously listed as a major-league coach, is now the team’s quality control coach and interpreter.

Five coaches -- pitching coach Dave Bush, hitting coach Tim Hyers, assistant hitting coach Peter Fatse, first base coach Tom Goodwin and third base coach Carlos Febles -- returned to their roles from 2020. Previously, the Red Sox announced that all of them were invited back but that Bjornson and bench coach Jerry Narron had been let go. seems to be taking the scenic route to becoming a manager.


Aug 22, 2014
What does a game-planning coordinator actually do?
I think it's likely similar to what Sam Fuld has been doing with the Phillies, which is translating the analytics from the scouting department into baseball-ese for the players. Phillies love Fuld in that role which contributed to him nearly landing a manager job.

Philip Jeff Frye

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Oct 23, 2001
Why would it mean anything? Does he have a pre-existing condition that makes it likely that he's going to have serious problems?