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Red Sox name Beyeler first base coach

Arnie Beyeler, right, was at Fenway Park Sept. 21 with Bobby Valentine.

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Arnie Beyeler, right, was at Fenway Park Sept. 21 with Bobby Valentine.

The Red Sox today named Arnie Beyeler as their first base coach.

Beyeler, 48, has been in professional baseball since 1986 as a player, scout, coach and manager. This will be his first time in the majors.

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Beyeler managed Triple A Pawtucket to a 79-65 record last season and the franchise’s first International League championship in 28 years. Beyeler has 13 years of experience managing in the minors, going 802-756 and reaching the postseason six times.

“Arnie has had a successful professional career as a player, coach, and manager,” said Sox manager John Farrell. “This allows him to bring a wealth of experience to this position.”

Beyeler was an all-conference infielder at Wichita State and played in the Detroit system from 1986-91, reaching Triple A. He spent the 1987 season playing with Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo for Single A Fayetteville.

Beyeler was an amateur scout for the Tigers from 1992-96 before joining the Yankees as a minor league coach from 1997-99.

Beyeler joined the Red Sox as a minor league manager in 2000. He managed Rookie League Lowell from 2001-01 and Single A Augusta in 2002.

A move to the Texas system followed. Beyeler managed in the minors for the Rangers from 2003-05 then spent a season as the hitting coach for Double A Mobile in the San Diego system.

He returned to the Red Sox in 2007 as the manager of Double A Portland.

Beyeler’s familiarity with the younger players on the roster should serve him well in his new role.

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