The Red Sox will have a new pitching coach in 2020, as Dana LeVangie has been relieved of the job's duties, several outlets reported on Tuesday.
LeVangie, who spent the last two seasons as the team's pitching coach, will return for his 30th season with the organization as a pro scout. LeVangie was a pro scout for the Red Sox in 2005 before becoming an advance scout from 2006-12.
In addition to LeVangie's reassignment, Brian Bannister and Steve Langone will have new positions in the organization as well:
The parting ways with Andy Barkett was the first move the Red Sox announced following their disappointing 84-78 season; Barkett was the team's assistant hitting coach for the last two years.
For fans, the reassignment of LeVangie doesn't come as much of a surprise. After overlooking a pitching staff that posted a 3.75 ERA in 2018—which ranked eighth in the majors—that number went up this past season to 4.70, 19th in the majors. In addition, Boston's 4.95 ERA from starting pitchers in 2019 ranked 20th, a season after finishing eighth with a 3.77 clip.
While the struggles of Boston's pitching staff can't fall entirely on LeVangie due to injury-plagued and flat-out underachieving seasons from key members of the team, somebody has to pay the price.