Orono native Butterfield could be joining Farrell in Boston as a Red Sox coach

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 23, 2012, at 5:44 p.m.

Orono native and Toronto Blue Jays third base coach Brian Butterfield could follow John Farrell to Boston.

Farrell left his managerial position with the Blue Jays to take over for Bobby Valentine as the Red Sox skipper and was introduced as the new Sox manager Tuesday.

Butterfield, a former three-sport star at Orono High School and second baseman at the University of Maine, wrote in a text message to the BDN that he preferred not to comment on the situation at this time.

However, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, an MLB.com columnist and in-studio Red Sox analyst for the New England Sports Network, wrote that Butterfield and Blue Jays first base coach Tory Lovullo are expected to join Farrell with the Red Sox.

Butterfield has been coaching in pro baseball for 28 years and interviewed for the Blue Jays job after Cito Gaston retired two years ago.

Farrell got the job and he retained Butterfield.

Butterfield was the Blue Jays’ bench coach for the 2008 and 2009 seasons before returning to the third base coach’s box in 2010.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote that Butterfield “may be the hardest-working coach in the game.”

Butterfield, who lives in southern Maine with wife Jan (Walton), began coaching as a roving infield instructor in the New York Yankees’ organization in 1984.

He had played in the Yankees’ minor league system from 1979-84 after graduating from Florida Southern.

The son of the late Jack Butterfield followed his father to Florida Southern after his freshman season at Maine. Jack Butterfield took the head coaching job at Florida Southern after serving in the same capacity at the University of Maine from 1957 to ’74.

Jack Butterfield eventually landed a job as a scout for the Yankees and, when he died in an auto accident in 1979, he was the Yankees’ vice-president in charge of scouting and player development.

Brian Butterfield was named Manager of the Year in the Single-A Gulf Coast League in his first season as a manager in 1988.

In 1994, he became the Yankees’ first base coach under Buck Showalter, current manager of the Baltimore Orioles, and when Showalter moved on to manage the Arizona Diamondbacks, Butterfield served as his third base coach.

Butterfield eventually returned to the Yankees in 2001 and managed Tampa to a Florida State League Single-A championship. He managed at Triple-A Columbus the following year but was fired in May.

Three weeks later he became the Blue Jays’ third base coach and infield instructor.

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