Rich Gedman’s hunger for baseball never left him, even after his playing days ended.
The Worcester native and former Major League catcher, who spent parts of 11 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, is now in his fourth season as hitting coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’s Triple-A affiliate. He also works with the team’s catchers to prepare them for the majors.
Gedman, now 57, rejoined the Red Sox organization in 2011 as hitting coach of the Lowell Spinners’ Red Sox Short-Season affiliate after nearly a decade of coaching and managing in the Can-Am League with the North Shore Spirit and Worcester Tornadoes, both of which are now defunct.
For Gedman, the idea of coaching came from helping the teams of his sons, Mike and Matthew, when they were growing up. Now, that hobby is part of the reason why the Boston Red Sox, who are heavy on homegrown position player talent, are among the favorites to win their division and contend for a World Series title this season.
“It’s a steady presence,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said of Gedman. “Yes, he’s been there as far as his major league playing career. He’s been in some great moments in Red Sox history, but you know what you’re going to get with Geddie every day of the week. He doesn’t waver.