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Red Sox hire Rich Gedman as Lowell hitting coach; Chili Davis joins Pawtucket

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  January 10, 2011 04:32 PM

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The Red Sox announced some staff moves today including the addition of Rich Gedman as hitting coach at Lowell. Here are some highlights from the team release:

Major League personnel
Mike Murov has been named Assistant, Baseball Operations after joining the Red Sox as an intern in the baseball operations department last season. He also served as a baseball operations intern with the Reds (2009) and Marlins (2008).

Amateur Scouting
Tom Allison joins the organization as a regional crosschecker for the Midwest. He spent the past four years as director ofsScouting for Arizona (2007-10) following seven seasons as a crosschecker for Milwaukee (2000-06) and 10 years in the New York Mets organization as an area scouting supervisor (1996-99) and assistant scouting director (1995-96). Allison played as an infielder and coached in the Mets minor league system from 1990-94.

Jon Adkins has been hired as an area scout for the Ohio Valley. The former right-handed pitcher concluded a 10-year professional playing career in the Chicago White Sox organization last season and spent parts of six Major League campaigns with the White Sox (2003-05), Padres (2006), Mets (2007) and Reds (2008).

Chris Pritchett joins the Red Sox as an Area scout for Canada. Primarily a first baseman, he played parts of four Major League seasons with the Angels (1996, 1998-99) and Phillies (2000) and spent 13 total seasons in the minor leagues (1991-2003). He served as hitting coach for Oakland’s Single-A Vancouver affiliate in 2007.

Player Development
Andy Fox joins the Red Sox as the team’s Minor League Infield Coordinator. A two-time World Series Champion, he played all four infield positions during a nine-year Major League career with the Yankees (1996-97), Diamondbacks (1998-2000), Marlins (2000-2003), Expos (2004) and Rangers (2004). Fox spent the 2010 season as hitting coach for Seattle’s Double-A affiliate in West Tennessee after a three-year stint as the Marlins first base and infield coach (2007-09). He began his coaching career as manager of Texas’s Single-A Clinton club in 2006.

Chili Davis has been named hitting coach for Triple-A Pawtucket. He joins the Red Sox organization after serving as a part-time instructor for the Dodgers in the 2010 fall instructional league. Previously he coached in the Australian Summer League from 2003-04. A former outfielder and three-time All-Star, Davis ranks fourth all-time among switch-hitters with 350 home runs and batted .274 over 19 Major League seasons with the Giants (1981-87), Angels (1988-90, 1993-96), Twins (1991-92), Royals (1997) and Yankees (1998-99).

Rich Gedman returns to the Red Sox organization as hitting coach for short-season A Lowell. The 13-year Major League veteran played parts of 11 seasons with Boston from 1980-90, including a pair of All-Star honors in 1985 and 1986, and served as catcher during the club’s American League pennant run in 1986. A Massachusetts native, he spent the past six years as manager of the independent Can-Am League’s Worcester Tornadoes and previously served as bench coach for the Can-Am League’s North Shore Spirit.

Professional Scouting
Nate Field joins the Red Sox as a pro scout following an 11-year professional career as a right-handed pitcher from 1998-2009. He spent parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues with the Royals (2002-05), Rockies (2006) and Marlins (2007).

John Lombardo has been hired as a pro scout. He served in the same capacity for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010 following an 11-year stint with the Texas Rangers baseball operations staff from 1998-2009, including eight seasons as the club’s Director of Minor League Operations (2002-09). He also held positions in the Rangers organization as Florida Minor League Baseball Operations Assistant (1998-99), part-time amateur scout (1999) and Assistant Director of Player Development (2000-2001).

Hal Morris joins the organization as a pro Scout after spending the past two years as an area scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The starting first baseman on Cincinnati’s World Series Championship team in 1990, Morris hit .304 over 13 Major League seasons with the Yankees (1988-89), Reds (1990-97, 1999-2000), Royals (1998) and Tigers (2000). He received an MBA from Stanford University in 2005.

International Scouting
Victor Rodriguez, Jr. has been hired as a scout for the Dominican Republic. Selected by Boston in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, he interned with the Red Sox Florida Operations in 2008 and served as an associate scout for the club in Florida from 2009-10. He is the son of Red Sox Minor League Hitting Coordinator Victor Rodriguez, Sr.

Latin American Operations
Basilio Alvarado joins the Red Sox organization as Dominican Summer League catching coach. Alvarado played five seasons as a catcher in the Montreal Expos farm system from 1992-96. He coached the Marlins Dominican Summer League team from 2005-07 and served as a scout in the Dominican Republic for the Giants in 2008.

Oscar Lira has been hired by Boston as the club’s Dominican Summer League assistant pitching coach. In addition to pitching professionally in Italy, Lira spent six seasons in the Montreal/Washington organization from 2001-06.

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