Tuck named Sox's bullpen coach

Tuck named Sox's bullpen coach

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are nearly finished with the revamping of their coaching staff. This, after the club announced on Monday that Gary Tuck will be the new bullpen coach.

Tuck joins pitching coach John Farrell and hitting coach Dave Magadan as new members of Boston's Major League staff for 2007. The Red Sox are still looking for a first-base coach to replace Bill Haselman, who left the organization to pursue other opportunities.

This is the second consecutive offseason the Sox have hired a new bullpen coach. Al Nipper was promoted to that role last year, but wound up spending the entire year as the pitching coach due to the hip woes of Dave Wallace.

When Farrell was hired as pitching coach last month, general manager Theo Epstein said that Nipper was a candidate to serve as bullpen coach for 2007. Though the Red Sox decided to go in another direction, the club is discussing other options with Nipper for next season. Ralph Treuel, who served as Boston's interim bullpen coach last season, will return to his former role as Minor League pitching coordinator.

Tuck served as the bench coach for the Marlins in 2006. He has 23 years of professional coaching experience for the Astros, Yankees, Indians and Marlins organizations. In fact, Tuck won World Series rings as the Yankees' catching instructor in 1998-99.

Manager Terry Francona's coaching staff has just two holdovers -- bench coach Brad Mills and third-base coach DeMarlo Hale.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.