The Red Sox named Arnie Beyeler as the club’s first-base coach, general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell announced Tuesday.
The 2013 campaign will mark Beyeler’s first on a major league staff and 10th in Boston’s system. Beyeler, 48, has spent 13 years as manager in the minors, the last two with Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate. He became just the third manager to lead the PawSox to the postseason in consecutive years and last season's team won the Governors’ Cup, marking Pawtucket’s first International League championship in 28 years.
He also saw 23 of his players contribute to the Red Sox at the major-league level this past season.
“Arnie has had a successful professional career as a player, coach and manager,” Farrell said. “This allows him to bring a wealth of experience to this position.”
Beyeler served as a minor-league manager in the Red Sox organization from 2000-02 and 2007-12, guiding his clubs to a 585-553 (.514) record and four playoff appearances. In 13 seasons overall as a minor-league manager, including three with the Rangers organization from 2003-05, he has compiled an 802-756 (.515) record and reached the playoffs six times.
Beyeler was at the helm of Boston’s Double-A Portland club from 2007-10 and led the Sea Dogs to a pair of Eastern League playoff berths in 2007 and 2008. He was named the Eastern League’s top managerial prospect by Baseball America in 2010. Beyeler’s first managerial experience came with the Red Sox’ Short-A Lowell affiliate in 2000-01, followed by a year with Single-A Augusta in 2002.
Between stints with the Red Sox organization, he managed the Rangers’ High-A California League affiliate in Stockton (2003-04) and Bakersfield (2005), leading Stockton to the California League playoffs in 2003 and 2004. In 2006, he served as hitting coach for San Diego’s Double-A Mobile affiliate.