PAWTUCKET – The offseason isn’t even a week hold, yet the Pawtucket Red Sox already have a major item on their to-do list: Select a manager for the 2019 season.
Red Sox vice president of player development Ben Crockett confirmed that Kevin Boles will not be returning for what would have been his sixth season as Pawtucket’s manager. Boles was not under contract for 2019 but Crockett noted that Boles has decided to seek opportunities elsewhere.
Boles’ five-year run as Pawtucket’s skipper saw him guide the Triple-A club to the 2014 Governors’ Cup and manage current Red Sox contributors Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brian Johnson, and Blake Swihart. Boles had managed in the Boston farm system since 2008, starting out in Single-A Greenville (2008-09) with stops also in Single-A Salem (2010) and Double-A Portland (2012-13) before reaching Pawtucket.
Boles has been a minor-league manager for 18 seasons and won his 1,000th career game during the 2016 season. The PawSox wished Boles well in a statement that was emailed to The Times on Saturday afternoon.
"Kevin Boles is a class act - both on and off the field. He has been a pleasure to work with. During the past five years, which was one of the longest tenures for a PawSox manager in club history, his loyalty, dedication, and cooperativeness were stellar. We wish Kevin and his wife Marnie continued happiness and success in the years ahead."
In August, Baseball America dubbed Boles the top managerial prospect in the International League. Via text message, former PawSox outfielder Bryce Brentz passed this along about Boles, who managed Brentz in Portland and Pawtucket.
"I was in AA and had Bolesy, for the first time, I was young and had a lot less awareness of the game (the management of the game) I had hit into a double play to end the inning. I broke the toilet in the dugout by slamming my foot through it, causing a flood. Bolesy called me in, and gave me the talk. No yelling. Calm and collected. But the next day I threw my helmet and elbow guard on the field, after hitting into another double play. This time there was no outs. I looked like and idiot, and Bolesy met me at the end of the dugout to emphasize how unprofessional I looked. I needed that. And I appreciated the fact he ripped into me," Brentz said. "He cares. I’d run through a wall for that man."
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