Arnie Beyeler has been in professional baseball since 1986, when he signed with the Detroit Tigers and was sent to Bristol, Va., to play in the Appalachian League.
For 27 seasons, Beyeler was a player, scout, coach, and manager, plying his trade with five organizations and a variety of minor league teams. Through it all, he never landed a job in the majors.
That changed Tuesday when the Red Sox named Beyeler their first base coach.
Beyeler earned the job by managing Triple A Pawtucket to a 79-65 record last season and the franchise’s first International League championship in 28 years.
In two stints with the Red Sox, he has impressed executives with his ability to teach the game and relate to players.
“Arnie has had a successful professional career as a player, coach, and manager,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “This allows him to bring a wealth of experience to this position.”
Beyeler’s familiarity with the younger players on the roster should serve him well in his new role. He has managed Will Middlebrooks, Jose Iglesias, Ryan Lavarnway, and Daniel Nava, among others.
Beyeler has 13 years of experience managing in the minors, going 802-756 and reaching the postseason six times.
He was an all-conference infielder at Wichita State and then played in the Detroit system from 1986-91, reaching Triple A.
He spent the 1987 season playing with Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo for Single A Fayetteville.
Beyeler was an amateur scout for the Tigers from 1992-96 before joining the Yankees as a minor league coach from 1997-99.
Beyeler joined the Red Sox as a minor league manager in 2000. He managed Rookie League Lowell from 2000-01 and Single A Augusta in 2002.
Positions with Texas and San Diego followed before he returned to the Red Sox as the manager of Double A Portland in 2007.
The Red Sox need only a hitting coach to complete Farrell’s coaching staff.
The finalists are Greg Colbrunn, Craig Counsell, Scott Fletcher, Victor Rodriguez, and Rick Schu. That decision could come by early next week.
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The Red Sox added six players to their 40-man roster.
Those added were righthanders Allen Webster, Steven Wright, and Alex Wilson, catchers Christian Vazquez and Dan Butler, and outfielder Alex Hassan.
Infielder Ivan DeJesus, third baseman Danny Valencia, and righthanders David Carpenter, Sandy Rosario, and Zach Stewart were designated for assignment.
The 40-man roster is now full. Teams had to set their rosters Tuesday in advance of the Rule 5 Draft Dec. 6.