Pawtucket, R.I. (Pawsox) This past December 7th, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Boston Red Sox announced that Billy McMillon had been named as the new PawSox manager for the 2019 season. Red Sox Vice President of Player Development Ben Crockett made the announcement.
McMillon, 47, has been Boston’s Minor League Outfield & Baserunning Coordinator for the past three seasons after a six year stint as a manager in the Red Sox system…2010 & ’11 with Greenville (low-A), 2012 & ’13 with Salem (high-A), and 2014 & ’15 with Portland (AA). Billy has actually spent the past 11 seasons in the Red Sox organization beginning with a stint as Greenville’s hitting coach in 2008 & 2009. He replaces Kevin Boles, who had been manager of the PawSox from 2014-18 before leaving the organization following the 2018 season. In December, Boles was named manager of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (the Eastern League Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets).
McMillon’s 12-year playing career included parts of six seasons in the major leagues as an outfielder with the Florida Marlins (1996-97), Philadelphia Phillies (1997), Detroit Tigers (2000-01), and Oakland Athletics (2001-04). He had 6 HR in 66 games for the A’s in 2003 and appeared in three games during the Division Series against the Red Sox that season (won by Boston, 3 games to 2). Billy won the International League batting title in 2000 when he hit .345 for the Toledo Mud Hens (AAA-Tigers). He is presently a nominee for the IL Hall of Fame.
He was an outstanding player for four different teams in the International League from 1996-2002 finishing with a career batting average of .310 with 79 HR in 609 IL games. Billy won the league batting title, IL Rookie of the Year honors, and was an All-Star when he hit .352 for Charlotte (AAA-Marlins) in 1996. After parts of three seasons with Scranton/WB (Phillies), he went to Toledo (AAA-Detroit) in 2000 and captured his second IL batting crown (.hitting .345 for the Mud Hens) while earning his second IL All-Star nod. Two years later he played his final season in the IL for Columbus (Cleveland) in 2002 where he hit .301 and was named to his third IL All-Star team.