Twenty-seven years later — with jobs along the way as a player, scout, minor league coach and manager with his first managerial experience coming with the Lowell Spinners in 2000 — Beyeler finally arrived in the big leagues in 2013 as first base coach of the Boston Red Sox.
Beyeler was just a .254 career minor league hitter.
“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 earlier this year. “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.”
Meanwhile, bullpen coach Dana LeVangie — a Whitman native — is another former player who made his first major league staff this year.
LeVangie, 44, played 351 minor league games over six seasons and batted just .196. He has been in the Red Sox organization for 22 years. Besides his six years as a player, he added another 16 seasons working in numerous capacities, including as a pro scout, major league advance scout and Red Sox bullpen catcher from 1997-2004.
Then there is third base coach Brian Butterfield whose passion for baseball is off the charts.
Butterfield, 55, played 397 minor league games, batting .249. After his playing career ended in 1983, he started as a roving infield instructor in the Yankees system and finally made it to the majors in 1994 with the Yankees as a first base coach.
Butterfield’s father Jack grew up in Westboro, Mass., where his own father sometimes tapped him on the shoulder with his cane on school days and told him they were instead going to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox play. They hitchhiked to Fenway.
Jack Butterfield went on to coach baseball and football at the University of Maine, and he raised Brian as huge a Red Sox fan. Brian always dreamed of playing for the Boston Red Sox.