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Bruce Crabbe, Not Kidding - 290
The manager, Bruce Crabbe, had something to tell him.
played at AAA
for six seasons in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
never made the next jump, to the majors.
has since gone on to a long post-playing career as a coach. manager and coordinator in the minor leagues.
also worked with a woman's team.
Crabbe's professional playing career began in 1984, taken by the Cubs in the 19th round, out of the University of Florida
With Florida that year, Crabbe
helped the Gators to the SEC championship, their second in three years.
"I don't really remember how I felt then," Crabbe
told The Gainesville Sun
of the earlier championship, "but I know I felt good.
But I don't know if I can beat the feeling that I have right now."
With the Cubs, Crabbe
started at short-season Geneva, in the same league he
would later manage in.
The infielder hit .307 with four home runs.
continued to hit well at single-A Peoria in 1985, hitting .313.
Making the jump to AA Pittsfield in 1986, Crabbe hit .292.
earned Eastern League Player of the Week honors in early August.
In 1987, Crabbe hit AAA
for the first time.
would stay there through 1992.
average dropped that first year with Iowa to .251.
By 1989, he
hit .265 and had three home runs.
Two of his
home runs came on one May weekend against Louisville.
That was his
last year with the Cubs.
He signed with the Braves for 1990, playing at AAA Richmond that year and the next.
final year came in 1992, playing with the Blue Jays
post-playing career began by 1994, managing the Pioneer League's Butte Copper Kings.
By 1997, Crabbe
had moved on to manage the Colorado Silver Bullets, the all-woman baseball team.
That June, his
woman's team got into a brawl, after an opposing pitcher laughed after hitting a batter.
"I don't blame her
told The Associated Press
Crabbe served as hitting coach at AAA Oklahoma from 2001 to 2004.
then moved to the Red Sox system. serving as manager at short-season Lowell in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
wasn't managing Lowell, he
served as the Red Sox' roving infield instructor.
For 2011, Crabbe is set to serve as manager at high-A Salem.
In July 2010, Crabbe
managed at Fenway Park, taking Lowell there for the Futures at Fenway game, playing Jamestown.
"You never know what can happen at this level because it was so early," Crabbe
BOSTON RED SOX - Named Kevin ...
BOSTON RED SOX - Named Kevin Boles manager and Bruce Crabbe coach of Pawtucket (IL); Billy McMillon manager of Portland (EL); Carlos Febles manager and U.L. Washington hitting coach of Salem (Carolina); Darren Fenster manager, Nelson Paulino hitting coach and Satoshi Kajiyama trainer of Greenville (SAL); Nick Faciana trainer of Lowell (NYP); and Tom Kotchman manager of the GCL Red Sox.
Crabbe to manage Spinners ...
Crabbe to manage Spinners again
The Lowell Sun
Updated: 01/20/2012 01:18:19 PM EST
LOWELL -- The Lowell Spinners announced Friday that Bruce Crabbe will return to Lowell for his third stint as the team's manager, joined by returning pitching coach Paul Abbott and hitting coach Nelson Paulino.
eighth year in the Red Sox organization
and ninth season as a Minor League
manager after leading the Salem Red Sox to a 64-75 record in 2011.
has previously managed the Spinners in 2006, a team headlined by Justin Masterson, and a 2010 squad highlighted by top prospects Bryce Brentz and Brandon Jacobs.
replaces Carlos Febles, who takes the helm of the Greenville Drive in 2012.
Prior to joining the Red Sox organization, Crabbe spent seven seasons with the Texas Rangers organization, earning Manager of the Year honors with Pulaski in 1999.
had played professionally with the Cubs, Blue Jays and Braves after an All-American career at the University of Florida
Willmington Blue Rocks News Release
Wilmington, DE--- The Wilmington Blue Rocks have announced that Bruce Crabbe has been named by the Boston Red Sox as the club's hitting coach for the 2005 Carolina League season.Crabbe will serve as the Blue Rocks hitting coach in 2005 under first-year manager Dann Bilardello.The announcement completes the Blue Rocks on-field staff for the 2005 season, Wilmington's first year as an affiliate of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. Crabbe joins the Red Sox organization after spending the last three seasons as a coach for the Oklahoma RedHawks (AAA- Pacific Coast League) in the Texas Rangers farm system.He was the manager for Pulaski (Appalachian League) for four seasons (1998-2001).
In 1999, Crabbe
led the Pulaski
Rangers to the best regular season record in the Appalachian League
and was named as the league's Manager of the Year. Prior to joining the Texas organization for the 1998 season, he spent 1997 as the manager and director of player development and scouting for the Colorado Silver Bullets, having joined the professional women's squad as a coach in 1995.Crabbe also served as manager at Butte in the Independent Pioneer League in 1994.
Crabbed played professionally in the Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves organizations form 1984-92.He was an All-America selection at the University of Florida in 1984, graduating with a Liberal Studies degree.He
wife Jenny reside in Ashburn, VA.
Life at DST
Bruce Crabbe, Infield Coordinator for the Boston Red SoxFormer Atlanta Braves minor leaguer and current DST hitting instructor Greg Miller talks with Bruce Crabbe, the roving Infield Instructor and Manager of the Lowell Spinners, a class A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.