A native of Bangor, Maine, Butterfield was named Boston's third-base coach on Tuesday, taking the same role he held with the Blue Jays for most of the last decade.
Butterfield is the second former Blue Jays coach to follow Farrell to the Red Sox in a week's span. Torey Lovullo was named Boston's bench coach on Friday.
Butterfield first became the Blue Jays' third-base coach in June 2002. He moved up to bench coach in September 2007, and then went back to coaching third for the '10 season.
Butterfield has a baseball pedigree, and his time in the American League East dates back even before his Toronto's days. His father, the late Jack Butterfield, served as vice president of player development and scouting for the Yankees, with whom Brian Butterfield coached first base from 1994-95. That was under current Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who also took Butterfield with him to the D-backs from 1999-2000.
Briefly, Butterfield went to college in New England, at the University of Maine. He then attended schools in Florida ahead of playing five Minor League seasons, during which he hit .249.