BOSTON -- In searching for a new bench coach, the Boston Red Sox turned up almost a mirror image of their old bench coach.
Gary DiSarcina had a big-league career as an infielder and was teammates with manager John Farrell, just like Torey Lovullo. DiSarcina managed in the Red Sox's farm system and worked with several players on the current major-league roster, just like Lovullo. And DiSarcina left the Red Sox to be a coach on another team's major-league staff, just like Lovullo.
Naturally, then, with Lovullo off to manage the Arizona Diamondbacks, DiSarcina was the choice to replace him, the Red Sox announced Friday.
"This isn't about hiring friends. It's about hiring the best available person," Farrell said on a conference call. "You start with a pretty wide list and then begin to narrow things down. And in the case of Gary, and compared to the remainder of the list, I kept coming back to him given the person he is."
DiSarcina, 49, is a native of Malden, Massachusetts, and played for UMass. This marks his third stint with the Red Sox. In 2013, he received high marks within the organization for his work as manager at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he worked with shortstop Xander Bogaerts, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., catcher Christian Vazquez and utilityman Brock Holt.
"When I left in 2013, that was part of the pull to stay was having relationship with those players," DiSarcina said. "Having relationships are great, but you still have to come back and build those relationships back up."
The addition of DiSarcina allows the Red Sox to keep their other coaches in their current positions. Third-base/infield coach Brian Butterfield and bullpen coach Dana LeVangie, in particular, were considered to be candidates for the bench coach vacancy.