Brian Abraham

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Brian Abraham
Boston Red Sox
Assistant director, player development
Born: (1984-12-20) December 20, 1984 (age 34)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Bats: n/a Throws: n/a
Career highlights and awards

Brian Patrick Abraham (born December 20, 1984)[1] is an American professional baseball front-office executive and former coach. He was appointed assistant director of player development by the Boston Red Sox in November 2014.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts,[1] Abraham attended St. John's High School in Shrewsbury and the College of the Holy Cross, where he served as the catcher for the Holy Cross Crusaders during his first three years in college.[3] He considered going to law school when he finished up at Holy Cross, as his father, Stephen Abraham, is a lawyer.[4]

When he was a junior, Abraham had a commercial real estate internship and lived in the nearby town of Lexington. He then received an offer to play professional baseball in Germany, but the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays at the time, J. P. Ricciardi, made him a substantial offer to join them.[4] Ricciardi grew up with Abraham's family, while Brian's uncle, Dave Abraham, was a long time trainer with the Blue Jays.[5]

Career[edit]

Abraham joined the Blue Jays in 2007, working for them as advance scouting and video coordinator through the 2012 season.[6] Advance video staffs are still relatively new to baseball, and Ricciardi wanted the Blue Jays to get out of the Dark Ages a little. Then, when Abraham attended spring training in 2007, he did not know he would be staying on, so literally he was thrown into the fire like anyone is on their first job, and he responded positively in all of his or her endeavors. In between, Abraham handled the pitching duties for Toronto's slugger José Bautista in the 2012 MLB Home Run Derby.[7]

Before the 2013 season, Abraham made the jump from Toronto to Boston along with manager John Farrell and coach Brian Butterfield.[4] His job often involved handling scouting reports for the Red Sox relievers. But he also had broader responsibilities as part of a joint process between himself, bullpen coach Dana LeVangie, third base coach and infield instructor Butterfield and the whole staff.[8] He earned his first World Series ring when Boston won the 2013 Championship.

Abraham was the Red Sox' MLB bullpen catcher during the 2013–2014 seasons. He threw batting practice and assisted the coaching staff with video and statistical reports, focusing his interest on the relief pitchers.[8] In 2015, he began assisting Boston's director of player development, Ben Crockett.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "City of Worcester, Massachusetts – City Clerk : Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates".
  2. ^ a b Red Sox front office undergoes numerous changes, Alex Speier, weei.com, 17 November 2014
  3. ^ HolyCross.com – Brian Abraham page Archived August 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c "MassLive.com – Instead of law school, Worcester's Brian Abraham lives dream in Red Sox bullpen".
  5. ^ MLB.com – Blue Jays extend trainers and coaches
  6. ^ Linkedin.com – Brian Abraham profile
  7. ^ SportsNet.ca – Abraham named Bautista's HR derby pitcher
  8. ^ a b "RedSoxDiehard.com – 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox".