After being eliminated from the postseason last Friday in Game Six of the ALCS by the Houston Astros, the Boston Red Sox held their end-of-year press conference featuring Chaim Bloom, Alex Cora, and Sam Kennedy on Monday. For the most part, the conversation has stuck to what you would normally expect, featuring mostly positive words about players who should be central figures of the offseason.
The one newsworthy nugget from the presser was with the coaching staff. After a season in which the team performed above expectations, the expectation was that no changes would be made on the coaching staff. That is mostly true, though there will be a change at first base coach as it was announced that they were parting ways with Tom Goodwin.
Red Sox won't bring back 1B coach Tom Goodwin, says Bloom. Sox intend to bring back rest of the staff.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 25, 2021
Goodwin was notably not able to coach first base for Boston during the playoffs as he was not vaccinated. Quality control coach Ramón Vázquez took over those duties for the postseason. Bloom made sure to clarify in the press conference that Goodwin’s vaccination status did not play into the decision.
Goodwin joined the coaching staff prior to the 2018 season when Alex Cora put together his first staff in Boston. In addition to coaching first base, Goodwin worked with outfielders defensively and handled baserunning coaching duties. The team was notably inconsistent in both areas this past year.