The Red Sox officially announced Andrew Bailey as their new pitching coach Tuesday.
The former right-handed hurler, who pitched for Boston in 2012 and ‘13, previously served as the Giants pitching coach from 2020-23.
The 39-year-old has a strong connection to new chief baseball officer Craig Breslow. They were Red Sox teammates. Bailey also serves as director of development for the Strike 3 Foundation, which Breslow founded in 2008.
But the Red Sox actually targeted Bailey as their next pitching coach even before hiring Breslow, a source told MassLive. Bailey, who has a home in Connecticut, also interviewed to be the Yankees bench coach and reportedly drew interest from the Orioles, Marlins and White Sox as a pitching coach.
He replaces Dave Bush who Boston fired as pitching coach after four seasons. The Red Sox pitching staff ranked 21st in ERA (4.52) among major league teams in ‘23. Boston finished 22nd among major league teams in starter ERA (4.68). Boston was 27th in starter total innings (774 ⅓), which overworked the bullpen. The Sox finished with the fourth most reliever innings (655 ⅔).
Bailey pitched for eight seasons in the majors, posting a 3.12 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 276 strikeouts and 91 walks in 265 career outings (274 ⅓ innings) for the Athletics, Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies and Angels. He won 2009 American League Rookie of the Year, recording a 1.84 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 26 saves in 68 games (83 ⅓ innings) for Oakland.
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He was dominant in his first three seasons in the majors, including being named an AL All-Star twice. He posted a 2.07 ERA and 75 saves in 157 outings. But injuries began to derail his career after Boston acquired him and Ryan Sweeney from the A’s for Josh Reddick and two minor leaguers.
He won a World Series title with Boston in 2013 when he had a 3.77 ERA in 30 relief outings. But he did not pitch in the postseason because of a right shoulder strain.