March 8, 2011; Jupiter, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway (83) is congratulated by third base coach Arnie Beyeler (10) after hitting a 2 run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during spring training at Roger Dean Stadium. The Red Sox defeated the Cardinals 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Beyeler Named Sox First Base Coach

Continuing the coaching trend of change it all up, 12 years of hard work in Boston’s minor league system paid off for Arnie Beyeler, who was promoted to the big club on Wednesday, becoming Boston’s first base coach. Beyeler was the manager of Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox for the past two seasons, guiding the PawSox to two straight post-season appearances.

Beyeler, 48, has worked his way up Boston’s chain of command. He was the Lowell Spinners’ Class A manager in 2000 and 2001. Beyeler managed Boston’s Double-A Portland Seadogs from 2007-10, taking the club to two Eastern League playoffs.

Beyeler played six seasons of professional baseball as a second baseman/shortstop in the Detroit Tigers’ farm system from 1986-91. Through 2012 Beyeler compiled a record of 802 wins and 756 losses, a .515 winning percentage.

After 26 years as a player and manager in the minors, the promotion was obviously gratifying for Beyeler. After the promotion, he told ESPN, “I’m speechless about it. “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,” Beyeler said. “I know all these guys (bench coach Torey Lovullo, pitching coach Juan Nieves, third-base coach Brian Butterfield and pitching coach Gary Tuck) 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.”

You know the sun is peeking over the clouds, and the music’s tight,
Drummer playing kick-drum proud as the bass takes flight, hey, hey,

Just celebrate tonight,
There’s reason to feel right,
Everyone unite,
And just celebrate tonight
- Celebrate Tonight, Allen Stone 

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