PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Boston Red Sox are pleased to announce that Kevin Boles will return as PawSox manager for the 2015 season and will once again be joined by coach Bruce Crabbe who is also back for his second season in Pawtucket. The clubs also announced today that former Portland (AA) hitting coach Rich Gedman will be the new PawSox hitting coach while former Portland pitching coach Bob Kipper has also been promoted to that same role with Pawtucket for 2015. Additionally, trainer Jon Jochim is back for his sixth year on the PawSox staff.
Dave Joppie, who had been the PawSox hitting coach for the last two seasons, will replace Gedman in Portland as Joppie returns to the Sea Dogs in 2015 after being their hitting coach for five years from 2008 – 2012. Rich Sauveur, the PawSox pitching coach for the last seven years from 2008 – 2014, decided to leave the organization following this past season.
Kevin Boles, 40, had a tremendous Triple-A debut season as he led the PawSox to the 2014 International League Governors’ Cup Championship. In so doing, the PawSox became just the third team in the 131-year history of the IL to go to three straight Governors’ Cup Finals with three different managers (Arnie Beyeler in 2012 when the PawSox won the Cup, Gary DiSarcina in 2013 when the PawSox lost in the Cup Finals, and Boles in 2014 when the PawSox recaptured the Cup).
Last season it took 143 games (out of 144 regular-season games) for the PawSox to secure the IL wild card and earn their 4th consecutive trip to the International League Playoffs. The PawSox endured a total of 225 player transactions during the year, employed 66 different players, sent 25 players to Boston, received 16 players from Portland, and Boles used a rather amazing 150 different line-ups in 153 total games (and those included the batting order only and not the starting pitcher). Through it all he steered the PawSox to their second championship in three years (after a 27 year stretch with no Cups from 1985-2011) as Pawtucket swept Syracuse, 3 games to 0 in the semi-finals and then rallied to beat the Durham Bulls, 3 games to 2 in a thrilling championship series.
The upcoming season will mark Boles’ eighth year in the Red Sox organization. He had been the manager of the Portland Sea Dogs from 2011-2013 which marked his first seasons at the Double-A level after he spent the first 10 years of his managerial career at either the Rookie or Single-A level with the Marlins, Royals, Twins, and Red Sox organizations. Overall in 14 years as a minor league manager, Boles has compiled an 876-851 career record.
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