BOSTON (CBS) — With Gary Tuck’s surprising decision to retire last week, the Red Sox were left with a staff decision to make as pitchers and catchers began popping in to the team complex in Fort Myers.
The team wasted little time though, announcing Tuesday that Dana Levangie will take over as bullpen coach.
“We are extremely pleased to add Dana to the major league staff,” manager John Farrell said in a release. “He has been a valuable asset to the Red Sox in a variety of roles and his vast knowledge of the Major Leagues, particularly the American League, will enable him to make an impact on our staff and with our bullpen.”
The 43-year-old Levangie has spent the past seven seasons as an advance scout for the Red Sox, a role he’ll continue to assist in as he takes over bullpen coach duties.
In total, Levangie has spent 22 years with the Red Sox, including a long stint as the bullpen catcher from 1997-2004. He is a native of Whitman, Mass., and a Whitman-Hanson High School graduate.
He’ll wear jersey No. 58, made famous in recent years by former Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon.