The Boston Red Sox today named Eddie Bane Special Assistant, Player Personnel. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.
“We are committed to having the best evaluators working together with the best analytic minds to guide us in our player decisions,” said Cherington. “Eddie is a highly respected evaluator and has been instrumental in finding high caliber talent for the organizations he's been a part of. The club will benefit immensely from his nearly 40 years of experience as a player, coach, scout and evaluator in professional baseball.”
Bane, 60, spent the last two seasons in the Detroit Tigers organization as a Major League scout after serving as Director of Scouting for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for seven seasons from 2004-10. While with the Angels, Bane oversaw the scouting of amateur and minor league talent, as well as the signing of domestic and international players. Under his direction the Angels selected and signed players such as Jered Weaver, Kendrys Morales, Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout.
Prior to his time with the Angels, Bane spent five seasons as a special assistant to former Tampa Bay Rays General Manager Chuck LaMar. From 1988-98 he was a national cross-checker and Major League scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also previously worked in the Cleveland Indians organization for four years, managing Short-A Batavia for two seasons from 1984-85 and serving as a cross-checker and scout from 1984-87. Bane began his post-playing career as pitching coach for the Dodgers Rookie-level Lethbridge affiliate in 1983.
A member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, Bane was a standout left-handed pitcher at Arizona State University prior to his selection by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 1973 First-Year Player Draft (11th overall). He went straight from college to the Major Leagues and enjoyed an eight-year professional career from 1973-79. In 44 Big League games, including 25 starts, over parts of three seasons with the Twins (1973, 1975-76), he went 7-13 with two saves and a 4.66 ERA (87 ER/168.0 IP).
Bane’s son Jaymie, one of his four children, has served as a pro scout for the Red Sox since November 2006.