July 8, 1964 |
|April 12, 1985, for the California Angels|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 27, 1992, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Earned run average||4.34|
Robert Wayne Kipper (born July 8, 1964) is an American professional baseball coach and a former middle-relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. In 2016, he will begin his second season as the pitching coach of the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Triple-A International League. Kipper has also spent two terms (2002 and the final seven weeks of the 2015 season) as bullpen coach of the parent Boston Red Sox.
A native of Aurora, Illinois, Kipper, a left-hander, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 200 pounds (91 kg) during his active career. After graduating from Aurora Central Catholic High School, he was selected by the California Angels with the eighth pick in the first round of the 1982 Major League Baseball Draft. He had signed to play baseball at Nebraska before his selection. Kipper led the Class A California League in wins (18) and earned run average (2.04) as his league's "pitcher of the year" in 1984. He made his MLB debut with the Angels in April 1985 at age 20, but was ineffective in two games pitched and was returned to the minor leagues. Then, on August 16, 1985, the contending Angels included Kipper in a six-player trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates that netted them veterans John Candelaria, George Hendrick and Al Holland. Kipper would pitch in 247 games for the Pirates over all or parts of seven seasons (1985–91)—initially as a starter, but then as a relief specialist—before finishing his MLB career for the Minnesota Twins in 1992.
Following his playing retirement, Kipper has worked as a pitching coach in independent league baseball and in the minor leagues. A member of the Boston Red Sox organization since 1999, he has coached for their Lowell Spinners (1999), Augusta GreenJackets (2000–01), Greenville Drive (2005–06; 2008–09), Lancaster JetHawks (2007) and Portland Sea Dogs (2003–04; 2010–14) affiliates, prior to his Pawtucket assignment.
Kipper spent the full 2002 season as bullpen coach of the MLB Red Sox. Thirteen years later, on August 16, 2015, he was named Boston's interim bullpen coach, part of a chain reaction of moves driven by manager John Farrell's medical leave of absence for treatment of lymphoma. In Farrell's absence, bench coach Torey Lovullo became acting manager and bullpen coach Dana LeVangie became acting bench coach.
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|Boston Red Sox bullpen coach
2015 (August 16–October 4)