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According to Boston Globe heart throb Amalie Benjamin, the Red Sox have named now-former Tampa Bay Rays assistant manager Tim Bogar as their new first base coach. Bogar replaces the departed Luis Alicea, who was let go soon after the postseason.
Bogar has managed minor league teams in the Indians and Astros organizations. With the Rays, Bogar was in charge of infield and baserunning instruction, as well as advanced series preparation.
Bogar described his role with the Rays in a conference call Friday afternoon:
“It was a very unique situation where I got to deal with very different areas, the scouting side, the front office,” Bogar said. “But also dealing with the major league staff, going over the game of the previous night. It opened up my eyes to what went on at this level. I also missed being on the field … having a direct impact as the game progresses on. I’m really looking forward to having that again.”
He played in nine major league seasons with the Mets, Astros, and Dodgers, and finished with a .228 career batting average with 24 HRs and 161 RBI in 701 games.