Tuesday, December 11, 2012
DiSarcina named PawSox manager
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox have hired former big-league infielder Gary DiSarcina as their Triple-A manager, according to a source.
DiSarcina, a native of Billerica, Mass., played his entire major league career for the California and Anaheim Angels from 1989 to 2000. He finished his playing career with the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2002.
He eventually worked for the Red Sox as a minor league infield coordinator and also managed for Single-A Lowell. DiSarcina also was an analyst for NESN. He most recently worked as a special assistant in the Angels organization.
DiSarcina replaces Arnie Beyeler, who was recently promoted to Boston and will serve as the Red Sox first-base coach.
CSSNE.com first reported the hiring.
During his three-year stint (2007-2009) as manager of the Spinners, DiSarcina worked closely with prospects Ryan Kalish, Will Middlebrooks, Felix Doubront and Ryan Westmoreland.
“It was incredible,” Westmoreland said. “I have nothing but good things to say about DiSar and I know a lot of players, like me, are very thankful for having him as the manager. It goes beyond just being a baseball coach, he’s one of the greatest guys out there and I’m sure there are a lot of guys who will attest to that.”
Kalish and Middlebrooks have credited DiSarcina for helping them learn the pro game as they were on the fast track to the big leagues. Westmoreland flourished under DiSarcina at Lowell in 2009. The young outfield prospect hit .296 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs in 60 games before a health condition known as a cavernous malformation in his brain derailed his career during spring training in 2010.
“The main thing about DiSar, we learned that you’re at where you’re at because of your talents, and he was always one of those guys that was not up in your face, but he certainly wasn’t afraid to be a little disciplined," Westmoreland said. "But he’s one of those guys who lets you go out there and play and the talent will take care of itself.
“He had our immediate respect. He’s one of those guys you know not to push his buttons. He’s so smart about the game and everyone looked up to him. It didn’t matter if you were an older guy or a younger guy, he was a role model for everybody. He’s one of those guys you give immediate respect to. How he handles himself as a manager, and just as a human in general, was incredible.”
Westmoreland is thrilled DiSarcina is back in the Red Sox organization.
“He’s a guy I’ll always have respect for,” Westmoreland said.