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In 1st season as the Red Sox first base coach...Marks 2nd stint on Boston's Major League staff after spending the 2009 campaign as the club's staff assistant in his professional coaching debut ... Served as hitting coach for Boston's High-A Salem affiliate in 2011...His batters led the Carolina League in OBP (.328) and finished 3rd in AVG (.254) and SLG (.387) ... Was a special assistant in the Red Sox Baseball Operations department in 2010 ...

Signed with the Orioles as a third-round pick in the 1991 draft...An outfielder, spent 8 seasons in the Majors with the Mets (1995-97), Twins (1998), Brewers (1999, 2002), Reds (2000-01), Rockies (2001) and Angels (2002)...Played under Bobby Valentine for parts of 2 seasons with the Mets in 1996-97 ... Hit .279 with 131 doubles, 19 triples, 46 home runs, 261 RBI, 320 runs, 203 walks and 56 stolen bases over 807 career games...Tallied 51 assists in just 663 games in the outfield from 1996-2002 ... Acquired by the Angels from the Brewers at the 2002 trade deadline and won a World Series title with Anaheim that year ... Played in the Japanese Central League for parts of 6 seasons from 2003-08...Combined to bat .289 with 97 home runs and 416 RBI in 765 total games with the Chunichi Dragons (2003-06) and Hiroshima Carp (2007-08) ... Was a non-roster invitee to Boston's Major League Spring Training camp in 2007 and began that season with Triple-A Pawtucket, appearing in 24 games for the PawSox before returning to Japan ...

Graduated from Hialeah-Miami Lakes (FL) High School...Earned 3 varsity letters in baseball and was team captain during his junior and senior seasons...Won a pair of MVP awards and was an All-Miami selection...Hit .375 as a junior and .410 as a senior ... His parents emigrated from Cuba in 1971.

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