The Boston Red Sox today announced the following additions to the major league coaching staff:
- Ron Roenicke has been named bench coach.
- Tom Goodwin will serve as the club's first base coach and outfield instructor. He will also coordinate base running instruction.
- Carlos Febles has been named the club's third base coach and infield instructor.
- In addition, Dana LeVangie will return to the major league staff as bullpen coach. He will also continue to serve as the club's catching coordinator and assist in advance scouting.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski and Manager Alex Cora made the announcement.
Roenicke, 61, has 27 years of professional coaching experience (1991-2017), including 20 on a major league staff. He served as a manager in 10 of those seasons, including five in the major leagues. Most recently, he spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as third base coach for the Los Angeles Angels.
Prior to his stint with the Angels, Roenicke managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 through part of the 2015 season. In his major league managerial debut, he led the Brewers to a franchise-best 96 wins, the club's first division title since 1982, and an appearance in the National League Championship Series. Roenicke was relieved of his duties on May 3, 2015, and joined the Los Angeles Dodgers major league staff as third base coach later that season on August 17.
Roenicke's time with Milwaukee followed an 11-year stint on the Angels' major league staff, including six as third base coach (2000-05) and five as bench coach (2006-10). The Angels qualified for the postseason six times in those 11 years, winning the World Series in 2002. Five of the franchise's six highest single-season win totals also came in that 11-year window, including the two highest in 2008 (100-62) and 2002 (99-63).
With the exception of a two-year stint on the Dodgers' major league coaching staff from 1992-93, Roenicke spent the 1990s as a minor league manager and hitting coach in the Dodgers (1991, 1994-98) and San Francisco Giants (1999) organizations. He served as a manager in five of those seasons, as he led Rookie-level Great Falls (1994), Single-A San Bernardino (1995), Double-A San Antonio (1997-98), and Triple-A Albuquerque (1998) for the Dodgers, as well as Triple-A Fresno (1999) for the Giants. Roenicke managed Cora at both the Double-A and Triple-A levels, as the current Red Sox manager appeared in 127 games for San Antonio in 1997 and in 81 games for Albuquerque in 1998.
Roenicke was named Manager of the Year by the California League in 1995 and by the Texas League in 1997. He also served as a hitting coach for San Antonio (1991) and Albuquerque (1996).
Selected by the Dodgers in the first round of the secondary phase of the 1977 June Draft, Roenicke's 13-year playing career (1977-89) included 527 major league games with the Dodgers (1981-83), Seattle Mariners (1983), San Diego Padres (1984), Giants (1985), Philadelphia Phillies (1986-87), and Cincinnati Reds (1988). He attended Mt. San Antonio College (1975-76) and UCLA (1977).
Born in Covina, CA, Roenicke and his wife, Karen, reside in San Clemente, CA. They have one son, Lance. Roenicke's brother, Gary, was an outfielder for the Montreal Expos (1976), Baltimore Orioles (1978-85), New York Yankees (1986), and Atlanta Braves (1987-88), and in 2015 he was elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee.
Goodwin, 49, spent the last six seasons (2012-17) as first base coach for the New York Mets. In that role, he was responsible for coaching the club's outfielders and coordinating base running instruction. Following the 2016 season, he also managed the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League.
Prior to joining the New York staff, Goodwin spent four seasons in the Red Sox' minor league system from 2008-11. As a coach for short-season Single-A Lowell in 2008, he helped the Spinners post a 40-33 record as champions of the Stedler Division. Over the next three seasons, he served as the organization's Outfield and Base Running Coordinator.
Goodwin's coaching career began in 2007, when he managed the Lewisville Lizards of the independent Continental Baseball League for one season. That followed a 17-year playing career, which included parts of 14 seasons in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1991-93, 2000-01), Kansas City Royals (1995-97), Texas Rangers (1997-99), Colorado Rockies (2000), San Francisco Giants (2002), and Chicago Cubs (2003-04).
In 1,288 major league games, Goodwin hit .268 (1,029-for-3,846) with 369 stolen bases in 487 attempts, a success rate of 76 percent. He stole at least 50 bases in four different seasons, including a career-best 66 in 1996. Goodwin made 770 of his major league starts in center field, and in his career he posted a .991 fielding percentage as an outfielder with only 22 errors committed in 2,402 total chances. He also appeared in 21 postseason games, reaching the World Series with the Giants in 2002.
Selected by the Dodgers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1989 June Draft, Goodwin played baseball at California State University, Fresno. He was also part of the 1988 Gold Medal-winning USA Olympic baseball team.
Born in Fresno, CA, Goodwin resides in Grapevine, TX.
This will mark the first season on a major league staff for Febles (FAY-bless), who has managed 904 games at the minor league level. The 41-year-old spent the last 11 years in the Red Sox organization, including four as a coach (2007-10) and seven as a manager (2011-17). He served as manager of Double-A Portland in both of the last two seasons, with the Sea Dogs going 55-84 in 2016 and 65-74 in 2017. He is currently on the coaching staff of the Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League.
Prior to the Sea Dogs, Febles managed High-A Salem (2014-15), Low-A Greenville (2012-13), and short-season Single-A Lowell (2011). He also spent three seasons as a hitting coach at the High-A level for Salem (2009-10) and Lancaster (2008) after making his professional coaching debut for Lowell in 2007. Febles has coached and managed several players who have gone on to play for the Red Sox at the major league level, including Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi, and Rafael Devers.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Febles played 10 seasons as a second baseman in the Kansas City Royals (1995-2003) and Red Sox (2004) organizations. In 506 major league games, all with the Royals from 1998-2003, he hit .250 (414-for-1,656) with 24 home runs and 68 stolen bases. His final professional season came in 2004 as a member of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.
Febles currently resides in La Romana, Dominican Republic. He and his wife, Nedelin, have two children, Karla and Carlos, Jr.
LeVangie, 48, has served as the Red Sox' bullpen coach since being named to the position on February 5, 2013. In addition to that role, he has served as the club's catching coordinator and assisted in advance scouting. His entire 27-year professional baseball career has been spent in the Red Sox organization, including as a player. Selected by Boston in the 14th round of the 1991 June Draft, LeVangie played six seasons in the Red Sox system (1991-96) as a catcher, reaching the Triple-A level in 1995 and 1996. He spent the next eight seasons as a bullpen catcher (1997-2004) before working as a pro scout (2005) and a major league advance scout (2006-12).
Born in Brockton, MA, LeVangie currently resides in East Bridgewater. He and his wife, Traci, have two children, Liam and Avery.