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Boston Red Sox tab Will Venable as bench coach in Alex Cora's return

The Boston Red Sox have hired Will Venable to be a bench coach on manager Alex Cora's staff.

Venable spent the past three seasons with the Chicago Cubs as a first- and third-base coach after a 12-year career as a major league outfielder, mostly with the San Diego Padres. Venable, whose father, Max, also spent a dozen years in the majors, played both basketball and baseball at Princeton.

The Red Sox also said Jason Varitek has been named game-planning coordinator, Ramon Vazquez will be the quality control coach and interpreter, and Kevin Walker has been named bullpen coach.

"Will is a bright, young mind that will add a lot to what is already a strong collection of coaches," Cora said in a statement. "I am also pleased that both Jason and Ramon will step forward and play larger roles for us. I am thrilled to have so many great baseball minds on our staff and I look forward to their contributions as we set out to achieve our goals."

Pitching coach Dave Bush, hitting coach Tim Hyers, assistant hitting coach Peter Fatse, first-base coach Tom Goodwin and third-base coach Carlos Febles will be back in their previous roles.

Cora is returning to the dugout after serving a one-season suspension for his role in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme. Ron Roenicke managed the last-place Red Sox during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.