Arnie Beyeler

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Arnie Beyeler
Arnie Beyeler 2013.jpg
Beyeler as a Red Sox coach in 2013
New Orleans Baby Cakes
Manager
Born: (1964-02-13) February 13, 1964 (age 53)
Moab, Utah
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Arnold H. Beyeler (born February 13, 1964) is an American professional baseball manager and former Major League coach.

In 2017, Beyeler will spend his second consecutive season as the manager of the New Orleans Baby Cakes (formerly Zephyrs) of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins.[1][2]

Previously, he spent three seasons (2013–15) as first base and outfield coach of the Boston Red Sox, winning a 2013 World Series ring. During that season, Beyeler helped veteran centerfielder Shane Victorino convert to right field, a notoriously difficult position at Boston's home stadium, Fenway Park. When Victorino won a 2013 Gold Glove for defensive excellence, he invited Beyeler to the off-season awards ceremony in New York as his guest.[3] During 2014–15, Beyeler converted infielders Mookie Betts and Brock Holt into outfielders; Betts became the Red Sox' regular centerfielder in 2015 and won a Gold Glove as a right fielder (and the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award) in 2016.[4] But veteran shortstop Hanley Ramírez' conversion to leftfielder was a disaster in 2015,[5] and Boston released Beyeler on October 4, 2015.[6][7]

The 2017 season will be Beyeler's 14th season as a manager, and his second in the Marlins' system. Before being appointed to Boston's coaching staff in November 2012,[8] he was the pilot of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox of the International League, the Red Sox' top-level minor league affiliate, from 2011–12.[9] Beyeler previously had served for four seasons (2007–10) as skipper of the Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League, the Red Sox' Double-A farm club.[10] In his two years as manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Beyeler led the team to an International League North Division title in 2011 and its third Governors' Cup championship in 2012.

Six-year professional playing career[edit]

Beyeler, a native of Moab, Utah, graduated from Grand County High School, Lamar Community College, and Wichita State University, where he played varsity baseball and majored in communications. A second baseman and shortstop in professional baseball, he threw and batted right-handed, and stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg). Beyeler played six seasons (1986–91) in the Detroit Tigers farm system, compiling a batting average of .254 with 69 stolen bases in 584 games played, including 29 games with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens in 1991.[11]

Scout, manager and coach[edit]

After his retirement as an active player, Beyeler began his off-field career as a Florida-based area scout for the Tigers (1992–96). He then spent three seasons, 1997–99, in the New York Yankees organization as a batting and infield coach for the Double-A Norwich Navigators and the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. In 2000 he joined the Red Sox system for the first time as manager of the Lowell Spinners (2000–01) of the Short Season-A New York–Penn League and the Augusta GreenJackets (2002) of the Class A South Atlantic League. When an ownership change in Boston resulted in a turnover of the player development department, Beyeler departed for the Texas Rangers organization, managing the Stockton Ports (2003–04) and the Bakersfield Blaze (2005) of the Class A California League. He then spent the 2006 campaign as batting coach for the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A Southern League affiliate of the San Diego Padres, before his return to the Boston organization as Portland's manager in 2007.[12]

Through 2016, in 13 years as a minor league manager, Beyeler has compiled a record of 871 wins and 826 losses (.513). His 2016 New Orleans Zephyrs finished third overall in the PCL American Southern Division, with a 69–70 record.[13] The team was rebranded the Baby Cakes after the season. Beyeler resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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Preceded by
Todd Claus
Portland Sea Dogs manager
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Kevin Boles
Preceded by
Torey Lovullo
Pawtucket Red Sox manager
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Gary DiSarcina
Preceded by
Alex Ochoa
Boston Red Sox first-base coach
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Rubén Amaro, Jr.
Preceded by
Andy Haines
New Orleans Zephyrs/Baby Cakes manager
2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent