The Red Sox are expected to appoint Cubs third baseman Will Venable as their bench coach, a baseball source confirmed Tuesday night. The team has not confirmed the move, but it is expected to be finalized in the coming days.
Venable, 38, questioned for Boston’s leadership opening last month before the club decided to bring back Cora, who was suspended for the 2020 season after being involved in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. In her first two years as manager, Cora’s bench coach was Ron Roenicke, who took over as manager for 2020 and was fired at the end of the season.
Last week, after being reintroduced as Boston manager, Cora said the club have yet to choose their new bench coach. Cora and Roenicke are believed to have discussed the possibility of reuniting in the dugout, but it looks like the organization will go in a different direction. Jerry Narron, who was Roenicke’s bench coach in 2020, was fired last month.
“I’m going to float some names. (The front office) is going to float a few names, “Cora said.” Kind of the same process we did with (Roenicke). From experience, everyone said: “He is so experienced”. I was only successful in the major leagues for two years and was a bench coach for one. I have been on the bench for three years. I still need help in this department. It’s not like I know everything, I have the system down. I still need help. We will go through the names. We’re going to pick the right guy.
Venable, a native of California and formerly of Princeton, played nine seasons in the majors as an outfielder with the Padres (2008-2015), Rangers (2015) and Dodgers (2016), reaching .249 with 81 homers in 967. career matches. After retiring, he joined the Cubs organization as the special assistant to Theo Epstein before being promoted to field staff in 2018. Venable was Chicago’s first baseman in 2018 and 2019 before going through the diamond in 2020.
Venable has been interviewed for at least four leadership positions other than Boston, being considered for the Cubs, Giants and Astros openings last winter and the Tigers opening this year.
Sports’ Jared Carrabis Bar Stool first connected Venable on opening.