Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Looks like Royster at third, Bogar to bench
By Gordon Edes
BOSTON -- There has been no announcement from the Red Sox, but former big leaguer Jerry Royster, who was drafted by the Dodgers two years after they took Bobby Valentine, apparently will be joining Valentine’s staff as Boston’s third-base coach.
At least that’s what Royster posted on his Facebook page. Contacted Tuesday night, Royster said he would speak “soon,” but that he had “unfinished business.’’
Royster would take over third-base coaching duties from Tim Bogar, who served Terry Francona in that role the last two seasons but presumably would become Valentine’s bench coach. With Valentine signed for just two years (plus an option), Bogar’s promotion to bench coach makes him an obvious candidate to succeed Valentine when his term with the Sox ends.
DeMarlo Hale, who became Boston’s bench coach when Brad Mills was hired to manage the Houston Astros before the 2010 season, has gone to the Baltimore Orioles as their third-base coach after he was not interviewed prior to Valentine’s hiring as Red Sox manager.
Royster and Valentine never played together in the Dodgers’ system, except in spring training. Valentine made it to the big leagues with the Dodgers in 1972, but was traded to the California Angels a year later, when Royster made his big-league debut with the Dodgers.
An infielder, Royster played for five teams in 16 seasons, 15 of which were spent in the National League. He retired as an active player just before his 36th birthday, then became a minor-league coach, instructor and manager before returning to the big leagues as a third-base coach for the Colorado Rockies in their inaugural season, 1993. He also coached third for the Milwaukee Brewers before replacing Davey Lopes as manager two weeks into the 2002 season. He was fired at the end of the season.
Royster also spent three years managing the Lotte Lions in Korea, becoming the first foreigner to manage in the history of the Korea Baseball Organization.
Royster, 59, is a cousin of former big leaguer Greg Vaughn, which makes him a distant relation of former Red Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn.
The Sox have yet to name a pitching coach but according to one big-league source are giving serious consideration to former big leaguer Neil Allen, who managed Tampa Bay’s Triple-A team last season. Allen was the Yankees’ bullpen coach in 2005.