For the last eleven years, Brian Butterfield has been a member of the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Earlier this week it was announced that the third base coach and highly-praised infield instructor would be leaving his long-time post in Toronto to coach the Boston Red Sox under former Blue Jays manager John Farrell.
Cue: Infinite sadness, without the melancholy, among Toronto Blue Jays supporters.
Butterfield became a fan favorite in the city, largely because he’s a nice guy who is articulate enough to interact with the local media. He’s well-liked. In addition, he’s had some success working with defensively gifted players like Orlando Hudson and John McDonald. However, these players are almost always cited ahead of Russ Adams or Frank Menechino when discussing Butterfield’s defensive coaching acumen.
Nonetheless, his move to Boston was greeted with disappointment by the Blue Jays faithful.
However, they’d be well-served to hold on to those tears. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, it’s possible that Butterfield could end up back in Toronto as the team’s manager because the beloved coach remains a candidate for the position despite taking a new job with the Boston Red Sox.
Newly minted Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed the possibility.
Yes, it’s a rare opportunity, and we would certainly not block that. But at the same time we’re extremely excited about Brian joining us. With Butter, we have an outstanding baseball man from a baseball family, his dad being a longtime developer, person and coach. Brian is a guy who has a high level of energy, a passion for the game. In the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to work with him day in and day out. He’s a very good third base coach with very good decision-making ability.
So, we’re presented with the possibility that Butterfield could go from Toronto’s third base coach to Boston’s third base coach to Toronto’s manager all within a matter of weeks. Of course, this all puts Butterfield on schedule to become the manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2015.