Red Sox Promote DeMarlo Hale to Bench Coach

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With former Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills leaving to become manager of the Houston Astros, the Red Sox have adjusted their coaching staff for the 2010 season.

Third base coach DeMarlo Hale will take over the void left by Mills as the bench coach. Tim Bogar will shift from first base to third base and Triple-A Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson will become the first base coach. Also, Rob Leary has been appointed Major League coaching staff assistant.

John Farrell remains the pitching coach, and Dave Magadan stays as the hitting coach.

Hale, 48, has served as Boston?s third base coach for the last four seasons. He was previously the first base and outfield coach for the Rangers from 2002-05 and managed Texas? Triple-A Oklahoma club during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Hale began his coaching career in the Red Sox organization in 1992 and spent seven seasons as a minor league manager in the Boston system.

The 43-year-old Bogar will enter his second year with the Red Sox after joining the club as first base coach prior to the 2009 campaign. He served as the quality assurance coach for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 and previously managed in the Houston Astros (2004-05) and Cleveland Indians (2006-07) minor league systems.

Johnson, 53, will enter his 11th season in the Red Sox organization in 2010, his first on the Major League staff. He was most recently at the helm of Boston?s Triple-A Pawtucket club from 2005-09. A minor league manager for the past 18 seasons, Johnson has posted a 1,261-1,262 career record.

Leary, who turns 46 on Dec. 3, will enter his ninth season in the Red Sox organization in 2010. As the club?s major league coaching staff assistant, his duties will include organizing spring training workouts, helping the coaching staff in all pregame on-field preparations, assisting in the advance-scouting effort, as well as completing special in-game assignments as delegated by manager Terry Francona.

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