Nipper has served the Red Sox in various capacities, from pitcher to Major League pitching coach to Minor League pitching coach to Minor League instructor, and now, as bullpen coach.
In all, Nipper has now been part of the Red Sox family for 17 years.
Last year, the Red Sox used catcher Bill Haselman as their bullpen coach. He will move to first base in '06, allowing the Red Sox to have a former pitcher work with pitchers in the bullpen.
The team also announced that bench coach Brad Mills, hitting coach Ron Jackson and pitching coach Dave Wallace have been invited to return in their capacities in '06. DeMarlo Hale was named third-base coach earlier in the offseason following Dale Sveum's departure to the Brewers.
Nipper's rookie year as a player was 1983, a season best known in Red Sox history as the year Carl Yastrzemski retired. He was a regular member of the rotation in '84 through '87, winning 42 games in a Boston uniform.
He was a pitching coach for the Red Sox during parts of the '95 and '96 seasons.
Now, Nipper looks forward to working under Wallace.
"It's different than being a pitching coach, when you're the one that's pretty much putting the program in place," Nipper said. "I am following the program and I will continue to help Wally in whatever phase he asks me to."
From his work in Boston's Minor League system, Nipper has monitored the likes of Jonathan Papelbon, Craig Hansen and Manny Delcarmen and looks forward to watching further progress from those three bright young arms.
"I think they have bright futures, as do a lot of our younger pitchers coming up," said Nipper. "Obviously, Wally had them this year. I might be able to help Wally to give him some insight to their personalities, maybe some mechanical things. For me, I'm just an extra set of eyes. Most importantly, from my point of view as bullpen coach, I need to build that bond with Wally and be his confidant."