BOSTON — Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks took just four years to get from short-season Lowell to Boston and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury took only two years.
Arnie Beyeler, on the other hand, arrived in Boston 12 years after first donning a Spinners uniform.
And the 49-year-old’s journey to the majors began well before his Lowell days. His professional career launched in 1986 as the second baseman for the rookie level Bristol Tigers.
Twenty-seven years later — with jobs along the way as a player, scout, minor league coach and manager with his first managerial experience coming in Lowell in 2000-01 — Beyeler finally has arrived in the big leagues as first base coach of the Boston Red Sox.
“They told me I’m not allowed to complain anymore because I’m in the big leagues,” Beyeler said smiling before a game at Fenway Park. “All of it goes into the opportunities and the people I’ve met and things I’ve learned along the way to give me an opportunity and a chance to be up here.”
The Red Sox coaching staff is an interesting one because it has a variety of differing experience levels. Third base coach Brian Butterfield has been on multiple big league staffs, earning his first opportunity in 1994 as the New York Yankees first base coach.
But three coaches of the eight-member staff — assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez, bullpen coach Dana LeVangie and Beyeler — never coached or played in the majors until this season.
Beyeler’s situation is interesting in and of itself because you have to wonder whether he would have gotten his first major league gig with the 2013 Boston Red Sox had he not managed Triple-A Pawtucket to the International League’s Governors’ Cup last year. That seemed to open more eyes. Some in the media even began to suggest Beyeler be given an interview for the open Boston managerial position because of it.