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November 23, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Red Sox set Major League coaching staff

The Red Sox have set their Major League coaching staff for the 2010 season. Demarlo Hale, who has served as the Red Sox third base coach the past four seasons, will be the club's new bench coach, taking over a role vacated by Brad Mills, who was named manager of the Houston Astros. Former Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson will become the team's first base coach, and current first base coach Tim Bogar will become the team's third base coach. Rob Leary, who has spent the past seven seasons as the organization's minor league field coordinator, will be added as a Major League coaching staff assistant.

Hale played parts of four seasons with the Red Sox and Athletics organizations between 1984 and 1988. He began his coaching career in 1993 as manager of Class-A Fort Lauderdale in the Boston system. He also served as manager of Sarasota, Trenton and Michigan teams in the Red Sox organization, and was named manager of the year in 1996 with Michigan. Hale also managed in the Texas organization, guiding the Triple-A Oklahoma Red Hawks in 2000 and 2001, and served as the Rangers third base coach and as an outfield instructor before becoming the Red Sox third base coach in 2006.

Johnson played briefly for the Royals and Expos organizations between 1982 and 1984 before beginning his managerial career with the Kansas City organization, taking the helm for the Class-A Baseball City Royals in 1992. He spent six seasons in the Kansas City organization, also managing Double-A Witchita and Triple-A Omaha. Johnson joined the Red Sox organization in 2000, spending two seasons as manager of the Class-A Sarasota Red Sox. He served as manager of Double-A Trenton from 2002-2004 before spending the past five seasons as manager of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.

Bogar played parts of nine major league seasons with the Mets, Astros and Dodgers organizations, hitting .228. Bogar managed the Greenville Astros in 2004 and the Lexington Legends in 2005 while with the Houston organization. He moved to the Indians organization in 2006, spending two seasons as the manager of the Double-A Akron Aeros. He was named Eastern League Manager of the Year for 2006. Bogar joined the Red Sox coaching staff last season as first base coach.

Leary's duties, per a Red Sox press release, will include "organizing Spring Training workouts, helping the coaching staff in all pre-game on-field preparations, assisting in the advance scouting effort, as well as completing special in-game assignments as delegated by Manager Terry Francona." Leary is entering his ninth season with the Red Sox, the prior seven as the club's roving minor league field coordinator after spending one year as the Sox' minor league catching instructor. He spent the prior seven seasons with the Florida Marlins in various roles - advance scout, director of field operations, minor league field coordinator and catching instructor. As a player, Leary spent five seasons in the minors after being drafted by the Expos in 1986, serving as a player/coach for Single-A Rockford in his final season on the field in 1990. He managed Rockford for two more seasons after retiring as a player, then managed Single-A West Palm Beach for two more from 1993-1994.