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Third-Base Coach Brian Butterfield Moves to Red Sox With Farrell

New Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has hired Brian Butterfield from his Toronto Blue Jays staff to coach third base, the Red Sox said in a news release.

Butterfield, 54, who previously coached with the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks, spent the past 11 of his 34 seasons as a player, coach and manager with the Blue Jays. He was Toronto’s third-base coach the past three seasons, two of them under Farrell.

Butterfield, a second baseman who was signed by the Yankees in 1979, spent five seasons as a player in the minor leagues and never made a Major League Baseball team roster.

He then got into coaching and later managed parts of six minor-league seasons in the Yankees’ system, compiling a 300-293 mark.

He is the son of the late Jack Butterfield, who worked as the Yankees’ vice president of player development and scouting.

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