Sox coaching staff: Bill Buckner an option?

December, 1, 2011
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AP Photo/Charles KrupaCould Bill Buckner return to Boston as a member of close friend Bobby's Valentine's staff?
BOSTON -- New Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine's coaching staff is still to be determined at this point. The team has openings at first-base coach and pitching coach. Currently, hitting coach Dave Magadan, bench coach DeMarlo Hale, third-base coach Tim Bogar and bullpen coach Gary Tuck are in place.

"Bobby needs to talk to them," general manager Ben Cherington said. "As I've said all along, we've got four coaches under contract and we think highly of all of them. It needs to be the right fit for them, it needs to be the right fit for Bobby and Bobby will get a chance to talk to all of them very soon."

A name that has surfaced as a possibility for Valentine's staff is former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner. The two were college roommates and played together in the big leagues.

"He's been a friend for years," said Valentine. "We played together with the Dodgers. We played together in the Dominican Republic. I've watched his kids grow up and I respect his every opinion in baseball and in worldly matters. Whether or not Bill Buckner would be on the staff is a decision that Ben and I will talk about, or if anyone else will be on the staff, Ben and I will talk about to find out the right composition of a staff.

"It's not about friendship and it's not about who was here in the past, it's about who it is that can do specific jobs that need to be done, who it is that can communicate the information I need communicated to me, and who it is that can communicate to the players in their respective fields best. If it's Bill, or someone else, we hope to have them on the staff."

Buckner served as manager of the independent league Brockton Rox last season.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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