BOSTON, May 7, 2015 -- (From official team news announcement) -- Boston Red Sox today relieved Juan Nieves of his duties as the team’s major league pitching coach. Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington and Manager John Farrell made the announcement.
Nieves, 50, joined the Red Sox organization as major league pitching coach on November 7, 2012. In 2013, his first year as a major league pitching coach, he oversaw the pitching staff that helped Boston win its eighth World Series championship. That year, the staff posted a 3.79 ERA, the lowest mark for the club since 2002 (3.75 ERA). Boston’s pitchers also set a single-season franchise record with 1,294 strikeouts in 2013. Prior to joining the Red Sox, Nieves spent 14 years coaching in the Chicago White Sox organization (1999-2012), including the final five years as bullpen coach (2008-12) for the big league club. His coaching career began with a five-year stint in the New York Yankees organization from 1992-96.
As a player, Nieves spent three seasons in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers (1986-88), going 32-25 with a 4.71 ERA and 352 strikeouts in 94 games (81 starts). The left-hander became the first pitcher in Brewers history and the first native of Puerto Rico to throw a no-hitter when he did so against the Baltimore Orioles on April 15, 1987 at the age of 22.