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While it didn’t command as many camera crews as John Farrell’s introductory press conference at Fenway Park, new PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina drew quite a crowd when introduced Friday at McCoy Stadium.
(Photos: Jillian Souza)
As Gary points out, McCoy Stadium — and all it’s personalities — is familiar territory. He played for the PawSox for a short period in 2002 and recorded his last professional hit at McCoy. He knows PawSox president Mike Tamburro, along with GM/VP Lou Schwechheimer, and makes his home just 50 miles away in Plymouth, Ma.
“DiSar,” as many refer to him, made it clear, however, that he didn’t just take this job to be closer to family. That’s merely a perk. DiSarcina explained that he one day wants to work in a Big League dugout and, if he follows in his predecessors’ paths, that’s likely to happen.
Today won’t be your typical off-season Friday at McCoy Stadium. At high noon, inside the home clubhouse, the Red Sox will introduce Gary DiSarcina as the new manager for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
DiSarcina, 45, was a 12-year Major League shortstop (1989-2000) with the Angels and was an All-Star in 1995. A native of Billerica, Ma., DiSarcina was the minor league field coordinator for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012. He was promoted to Special Assistant to Angels’ General Manager Jerry Dipito in October.
Today marks a return to the Red Sox system for DiSarcina who managed the short-season Lowell Spinners from 2007-09. During that span, the Spinners went 125-99 (.558) and finished first in the division in ’08 and ’09.
Interestingly enough, DiSarcina signed a minor league free agent deal with Boston in 2002 and played in 35 games with the PawSox before retiring on July 15. His last professional at-bat came right here at McCoy.
As I wrote about in October when he was named Special Assistant to Dipito, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks credits DiSarcina for helping him develop defensively.
DiSarcina fills the void of former PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler who was recently named Red Sox first base coach.
Watch Will Middlebrooks play for a night and it’s easy to walk away talking about what he does with a bat. Unfortunately, his eye-popping power can take attention away from what he can also do with his glove.
A third baseman with all the tools necessary to develop into a Gold Glove winner, Middlebrooks was once a shortstop before sliding over to third. “I take tons of pride in my defensive play,” Middlebrooks said. “When I moved from shortstop to third base after my first year of pro ball, I swore I wanted to be one of the best third basemen in the game, and that’s something I work on day-in and day-out.”
One of the men Middlebrooks credits for developing his defensive abilities is former Angels’ shortstop, Gary DiSarcina. “It all started with Gary,” Middlebrooks said back in April.
After growing up in Billerica, Ma., DiSarcina played 12 seasons (1989-2000) with the Angels and was a 1995 All-Star. He was a standout at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (where he is now in the school’s Hall of Fame) and actually played his final professional game right here at McCoy Stadium as a member of the PawSox in 2002.
DiSarcina managed the short-season Lowell Spinners from 2007-09 and was then promoted as the Red Sox Minor League infield coordinator. Now working for the team he spent nearly all of his pro career with, DiSarcina has been promoted from being the Angels’ Minor League field coordinator to special assistant to General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
DiSarcina has risen quickly and has proven to be someone to keep an eye on — when you’re not watching Middlebrooks at third base.
Last week I wrote about the terrific start Will Middlebrooks is having to this 2012 season. Since that time Will has played even better and is downright dominating International League pitching. Over the first 14 games of the season, the PawSox third baseman is batting .368 (21-for-57) with five home runs and 16 runs batted in. He has gone hitless in just three games and has at least two hits in 8-of-14 starts.
Middlebrooks has proven the ability to go deep to all fields: three homers to left, one to center, and one to right. In an interview I did with Will yesterday, he told me that if he could draw up a perfect pitch to see, it would be right down the middle. “I can do anything with it,” he said. “If it’s off-speed I can go to left, if it’s a really good fastball you can go to right.”
(Of course, as I was interviewing Middlebrooks in the dugout, the Syracuse grounds crew began mowing the grass directly in front of us. Sorry for the additional background noise.)
I was eager to ask Will about his work at third base – something that often gets overlooked because of his great offensive numbers.
“I take tons of pride in my defensive play,” he told me. “When I moved from shortstop to third base after my first year of pro ball, I swore I wanted to be one of the best third basemen in the game, and that’s something I work on day-in and day-out.”
The All-Star third baseman went on to credit current Angels’ field coordinator, and former Lowell Spinners manager, Gary DiSarcina for much of his defensive development.
Will, who has 11 hits over his last six games, takes the field tonight as the PawSox return home after a highly successful 7-2 road trip. First pitch against Durham is set for 6:15. We hit the air with the pre-game show at 6:00.
Talk with you then,