Craig Bjornson

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Craig Bjornson
Boston Red Sox – No. 53
Pitcher / Coach
Born: (1969-02-14) February 14, 1969 (age 50)
Tucson, Arizona
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Craig Michael Bjornson[1] (born February 14, 1969) is an American former professional baseball player and current coach. He played in minor league baseball, and has coached in Major League Baseball for the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox.

Career[edit]

Bjornson attended Tucson High School in Tucson, Arizona,[2] and Nicholls State University, where he played college baseball for the Nicholls State Colonels baseball team. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Astros in 1991. He played in the Astros' minor league organization as a pitcher until 1993, pitching for the Gulf Coast Astros, Burlington Astros, Asheville Tourists, Auburn Astros, and Quad Cities River Bandits. In total, he had a 9-18 win–loss record with a 3.82 earned run average in 81 appearances (27 starts) with a complete game and three saves.[3]

Bjornson served as a minor league pitching coach for the Spokane Indians in 2002 (Royals), the Vermont Lake Monsters in 2003 (Expos) and 2005 (Nationals), the Brevard County Manatees in 2004 (Expos), the Ogden Raptors in 2007 and 2008 (Dodgers), and the Casper Ghosts from 2009 through 2011 (Rockies).

From 2000 through 2003, he coached for the Occidente Pastora de los Llanos of the Venezuelan Winter League.[3]

The Astros hired Bjornson as their bullpen coach for the 2012 season.[3] Following the hiring of Bo Porter as manager for the 2013 season, Bjornson was reassigned as a roving pitching instructor and replaced as bullpen coach by Dennis Martínez.[4] The Astros reinstated Bjornson as their bullpen coach for the 2014 season.[5] Bjornson served as the bullpen coach for the Astros during the 2017 season, when they won their first World Series title.[6]

On November 12, 2017, the Boston Red Sox hired Bjornson as their bullpen coach.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boston Red Sox Media Guide" (PDF). 2019. p. 48. Retrieved April 29, 2019 – via pressbox.athletics.com.
  2. ^ "Pitcher Saunders rejoins D-backs in $6 million deal". Azstarnet.com. January 18, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Astros tab Craig Bjornson as bullpen coach | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  4. ^ "Porter finalizes staff with additions of Martinez, Perez | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  5. ^ "Houston Astros finalize coaching staff for 2014 season | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  6. ^ McTaggart, Brian; Gurnick, Ken. "Houston Astros win 2017 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Ex-Astros bullpen coach Craig Bjornson hired by Red Sox". chron.com. November 11, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jamie Quirk
Dennis Martínez
Houston Astros bullpen coach
2012
2014–2017
Succeeded by
Dennis Martínez
Doug White
Preceded by
Dana LeVangie
Boston Red Sox bullpen coach
2018–
Succeeded by
Incumbent