Boston Red Sox Announce Coaching Staff; Luis Ortiz, Ben Rosenthal hired as assistant batting coaches under promoted Pete Fatse
The Red Sox announced their 2022 coaching staff on Monday, including a revamped hitting coaching structure led by a Western Mass native.
As expected, Hampden native Peter Fatse was named batting coach, replacing Tim Hyers, who left for the same role with the Rangers after the season. Boston has also hired two new coaches who will serve as assistant hitting coaches – former Rangers hitting coach Luis Ortiz and former Astros minor-league hitting coach Ben Rosenthal.
The Red Sox have announced three internal promotions, Ramón Vázquez moving from quality control coach to first base coach to replace ousted Tom Goodwin, with minor league field coordinator Andy Fox joining big league staff as coordinator longtime major league fielder and reliever Mike Brenly takes on the role of major league staff assistant. Five coaches (bench coach Will Venable, pitching coach Dave Bush, reliever box coach Kevin Walker, third baseman Carlos Febles and game planning coordinator Jason Varitek) will resume their previous roles on the Alex Cora staff.
“I feel fortunate to work with such a talented and diverse group of coaches,” Cora said in a statement. “In addition to Luis and Ben bringing new perspectives from outside our organization, I am excited about the new opportunities presented to Pete, Ramón and Mike. Andy has been a valued member of the Red Sox for over a decade, and I am delighted to welcome him to the Major League team. I look forward to working with this group to achieve the ultimate goal of winning another World Series. “
Fatse, who has been an assistant batting coach for the past two seasons, replaces Hyers, who surprisingly left after four seasons as the club’s batting coach. Ortiz, a 51-year-old who played for the Red Sox in 1993 and 1994, has coached Texas batting for the past three seasons and previously worked as an instructor for Cleveland and San Diego. Rosenthal, 42, had been the Houston AAA affiliate’s hitting coach since 2019. He played two seasons in the Cardinals’ system in 2004 and 2005.
Vázquez has been on Cora’s staff since 2018 and became a first baseman during the 2021 playoffs, when Goodwin had to leave the team because unvaccinated people were not allowed on the pitch. Fox, who worked with the major league club late last season, has been with the Red Sox for 12 years as minor league field coordinator (2011-21) and assistant field coordinator (2019-21 ).
BOSTON RED SOX COACHING TEAM:
Alex Cora – Manager
Will Venable – Bench Coach
Dave Bush – Pitching Coach
Pete Fatse – Batting Coach
Ramón Vázquez – First Base Coach
Carlos Febles – Third Base Coach
Kevin Walker – bullpen coach
Luis Ortiz – Assistant Batting Coach
Ben Rosenthal – Assistant Batting Coach
Andy Fox – Major League Field Coordinator
Mike Brenly – Major League Staff Assistant
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