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Pawsox manager DiSarcina heads to the majors

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

 

The goal of any minor league player or manager is to reach the major leagues someday.

Mission apparently accomplished for Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina.

The Pawsox skipper was hired by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tuesday to serve as their third-base coach, beginning next season. The 45-year-old manager spent one season in Pawtucket and helped lead the team to the International League North Division title, and a berth in the Governors' Cup championship series.  DiSarcina is a native of Billerica, MA, and spent 12 years in the majors with the California/Anaheim Angels as a player before retiring in 2002, ironically with the Pawsox.

Hired by the Red Sox organization after his playing days were over, DiSarcina managed the Class A Lowell Spinners from 2007 through 2009, then returned to the Angels' organization as a minor league field coordinator and instructor.  He was serving as a special assistant to General Manager Jerry Dipoto when the Red Sox came calling again, hiring him as Pawtucket's manager for the 2013 season.  He replaced Arnie Beyeler, who had been promoted to John Farrell's Boston staff as first base coach.

DiSarcina played one season under Angels' manager Mike Scioscia, in 2000, and he joins hitting coach Don Baylor - another former Angel - as a new addition to the Angels' coaching staff.  Bench coach Rob Picciolo and hitting coach Jim Eppard were dismissed after the 2013 season ended. DiSarcina replaces Dino Ebel, who was named the Angels' bench coach.

The PawSox will be looking for their fifth manager since the start of the 2009 season. After Ron Johnson was promoted to the major-league staff, Torey Lovullo managed Pawtucket for a year before being hired by John Farrell in Toronto. Beyeler led the PawSox to playoff appearances in each of his two seasons, including the Governor's Cup championship season of 2012, before earning his own promotion to the big-league staff this past year.

 

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