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PAWTUCKET â€“ The next manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox is a familiar face to New England baseball fans.
A baseball source confirmed Tuesday that former big-league infielder Gary DiSarcina will be formally introduced as the PawSoxâ€™ skipper at a press conference scheduled for Friday at McCoy Stadium. The 45-year-old DiSarcina replaces Arnie Beyeler, who was named Bostonâ€™s first-base coach last month.
A native of Billerica, Mass. and current resident of Plymouth, DiSarcina returns to the Red Sox organization after spending the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as special assistant to Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto.
Before heading out west, DiSarcina held several positions under Bostonâ€™s minor-league umbrella. He skippered the Lowell Spinners of the Short Season-A New York-Penn League for three seasons (2007â€“2009), guiding the Spinners to the playoffs in his final two seasons. In 2010, DiSarcina served as the Red Soxâ€™ minor-league infield coordinator.
Among the notable Red Sox prospects DiSarcina worked with while stationed in Lowell are Ryan Kalish, Felix Doubront, Ryan Lavarnway, Will Middlebrooks, Alex Hassan, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Portsmouth native Ryan Westmoreland. DiSarcina also managed Dan Milano when the Cumberland High All-State catcher suited up for the Spinners during the summer of 2007.
A veteran of 12 MLB seasons â€“ all with the Angels â€“ DiSarcina hit .258 in 1,086 games with 28 home runs and 355 RBI. He was named an All-Star in 1995, hitting .307 in 99 games.
Owner of a career .974 fielding percentage, DiSarcina was Angels teammates with notables such as former Pawtucket skipper Torey Lovullo, ex-PawSox hitting coach Chili Davis and Rehoboth native Rod Correia, whoâ€™s currently the president of Rumford-based Shamrock Financial.
DiSarcinaâ€™s last game with the Angels took place on May 12, 2000. His last pro stop was Pawtucket in 2002. At age 34, DiSarcina batted .243 in 35 games with the PawSox before officially announcing his retirement on July 15, 2002.
His first post-playing role was as a studio analyst for NESN before the Red Sox hired him as a baseball operations consultant in 2006.
DiSarcina will join a Pawtucket coaching staff that includes Rich Sauveur, who will return for his sixth season as the clubâ€™s pitching coach. The PawSox remain in the market for a hitting coach, although current Portland hitting coach Dave Joppie is the odds-on favorite to land the position.