BUSAN, South Korea – Though the news hasn't been officially reported by ESPN or Boston news as of yet, it appears ex-Lotte Giants coach Jerry Royster is set to become the third base coach of the Boston Red Sox after weeks of speculation.
Earlier today on his Facebook page, Royster posted: "Santa heard my call and came through big time!!… Third base coach for the boston red sox!!!!"
Royster looks to replace last year's third base coach Tim Bogar, though he will remain with the team. Gary Tuck, the bullpen coach, will also be returning, along with hitting coach Dave Magadan. Royster is being brought in by new coach Bobby Valentine.
Royster was the first non-Korean to coach in the Korean league, taking the perenial cellar-dwelling Giants to three consecutive playoff appearances from 2008-10. However, On October 13, 2010, the Lotte Giants decided not to renew Royster's contract following the Giants defeat by the Doosan Bears in the first round of the KBO playoffs, the third year in a row they exited the playoffs in the first round.
Royster has also coached the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002, where he compiled a 53–94 record.
By Jeff Liebsch