The search for a new Red Sox bullpen coach, 43-year old Dana Levangie, ended today almost as abruptly as Gary Tuck’s surprising resignation from the Red Sox coaching staff last week and indeed his retirement from baseball. Tuck cited personal reasons as the impetus for his resignation.
John Farrell announced that Levangie, who was Boston’s bullpen catcher for eight years until 2004, would become Boston’s new bullpen coach. After leaving the Sox at the end of the 2004 championship season, Levangie became a Major League advance scout for the team in 2006, a position he held until today’s announcement.
“We are extremely pleased to add Dana to the Major League staff,” Farrell said in a Red Sox news 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.”
Levangie has 22 years in the game under his belt, all with the Red Sox. Boston selected him in the 14th round of the 1991 First-Year Player Draft, and he reached as high as Triple-A Pawtucket in his six seasons as a player.