- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOSTON -- After 26 years in the minor leagues as a player, coach and manager, Arnie Beyeler finally can call himself a big leaguer.
The Red Sox on Tuesday named Beyeler, 48, as the club's first-base coach. He served as the manager for Triple-A Pawtucket the last two seasons, and the PawSox won the Governors' Cup in 2012. When Beyeler arrives at spring training in February, it will be his 10th season in the Red Sox organization.
"I'm speechless about it," Beyeler said. "I'm very excited and happy for the great opportunity to work with a great staff.
"This is a staff I can really respect and be a part of. I know all these guys and have relationships with them. This is very exciting. Being on the other side of the fence as a career minor-league guy, you never know."
New Red Sox manager John Farrell interviewed Beyeler for the position last week in Boston. Beyeler was pleased with the process, but still had to wait and wonder if he would be given the position. Farrell called him again on Tuesday and asked a few more questions. At the end of the conversation, the Sox's manager informed Beyeler the job was his.
Beyeler admitted he was "shocked" when Farrell told him.
"I really don't know what to say," Beyeler said. "I'm a career minor-league guy and everybody I've ever been around along the way has got a part of this. I can't thank everybody enough and everybody I've been around and learned from goes into me getting this opportunity, especially the guys in our organization for believing in me and giving me the opportunity and John doing the same.
"I can't thank everybody enough, but yet I realize it's be careful what you wish for. Now I get an opportunity to go to work at the big-league level and now it's all about winning. Hopefully I can still bring some of my development stuff to the table, work with guys and do what we do."
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