In his 1st season as Red Sox manager, the 46th manager in club history...Returns to BOS where he was the Sox pitching coach for 4 seasons from 2007-10. Is just the 3rd Sox manager who had a previous pro career as a pitcher...Joins Cy Young, who served as player/ manager for the 1st 6 games of the 1907 season, and Joe Kerrigan, who skippered the last 43 games of 2001. Acquired from the Blue Jays on 10/21/12 and agreed to a 3-year contract that will run through 2015...As compensation to TOR, to whom he was under contract through 2013, the Red Sox sent SS Mike Aviles and received in return RHP David Carpenter...Became the 7th manager in major league history acquired by a club while under contract to another. Under his guidance, TOR finished 81-81 (.500) in 2011 and 73-89 (.451) in 2012...Named as the 12th manager in the Blue Jays' history on 10/25/10. While at the helm, TOR stole 131 bases in 2011 and 123 in 2012, its highest marks in 10 years (since the club's 123 in 2002)...The 2-year total, 254, marks the 4th most in the American League during that span. His 2011 Blue Jays club went 11-0 in extra-inning games at home...They became the 1st team to win at least 10 extra-inning games at home without a loss since 1901. Selected as a coach on the 2011 All-Star Team by American League skipper Ron Washington. Is 1 of 5 members from the 1988 Indians to go on to manage in the majors, along with Bud Black, Terry Francona, Charlie Manuel (hitting coach), and Ron Washington...Joins Black as the only former professional pitchers currently managing in the big leagues. During his tenure as Red Sox pitching coach from 2007-10, the staff held opponents to an AL-low .254 AVG, led the league in strikeouts (4,771), and posted the 3rd-best ERA in the AL at 4.11 (2,637 ER/5,778.1 IP)...The Sox reached the postseason in each of his 1st 3 seasons in BOS and won a World Series Championship in 2007. Under his tutelage, both Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester were named All-Stars in 2010. The Red Sox led the AL in strikeouts twice while he was guiding the staff, with 1,185 in 2008 and 1,207 in 2010...The club's 1,230 strikeouts in 2009 ranked 2nd among AL leaders and are the 2nd-highest single-season total in franchise history. In his 1st year as BOS's pitching coach in 2007, Sox hurlers led the American League with a 3.87 ERA (618 ER/1,438.2 IP), 2nd in the majors only to the Padres 3.70 mark. Spent 5 years as Director of Player Development for the Indians from November 2001-November 2006...In that role, oversaw all elements of the club's player development system, including the organization's 6 minor league affiliates and the Latin American programs in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic...Also supervised the signing of all minor league free agents while assisting in major league player acquisitions. On his watch, CLE earned "Organization of the Year" honors in 2003 and 2004 from USA Today's Sports Weekly and was named by Baseball America as the top farm system in 2003. Served as assistant coach/pitching & recruiting coordinator at his alma mater Oklahoma State University for 5 seasons from 1997-2001...With the Cowboys, instilled new disciplines and methods into the program and mentored 14 pitchers that were drafted or signed as non-drafted free agents at the professional level, including 1999 National League Rookie of the Year Scott Williamson...Completed his bachelor's degree at OSU in 1996.
Selected by CLE in the 2nd round of the 1984 June Draft...Right-hander pitched in 116 major league games (109 starts) over an 8-year career with the Indians (1987-90, 1995), Angels (1993-94), and Tigers (1996)...Went 36-46 with a 4.56 ERA (354 ER/698.2 IP). Tallied a 28-25 record with 12 complete games and a 3.86 ERA (209 ER/487.1 IP) in 72 games (70 starts) over his 1st 3 big league seasons from 1987-89...Won a career-high 14 games in 1988 and had a 3.63 ERA (84 ER/208.0 IP) in 1989, when he made a career-high 31 starts. Hampered by injuries the remainder of his playing career...Missed entire 1991 and 1992 seasons with right elbow problems.
Married to Sue...The couple has 3 sons, all of whom are involved in baseball: Jeremy is an infielder in the Pirates system, Shane is as an amateur scouting assistant with the Cubs, and Luke is a pitcher in his senior season at Northwestern University...Also has a grandson, Kason. Played 4 seasons of baseball at Oklahoma State University (1981-84)...Compiled an 11-2 mark with 2 saves and a 3.01 ERA his senior season, earning All Big-Eight Conference honors. Pitched for the Cape Cod Baseball League's Hyannis club in 1982. Graduated from Shore Regional (NJ) High School in 1980...Lettered in baseball and basketball.