INDIANAPOLIS – After just one season as the manager of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, Andy Barkett is getting called up to the big leagues.
It was announced on Saturday that the Tribe’s skipper will join the Boston Red Sox as the club’s assistant hitting coach. Barkett led the Indians to a 79-63 record and an International League West division title in his lone season at the helm in the Circle City.
Although his stay in Indy was short, Barkett certainly made it count. He helped send 17 players to the majors in 2017, including eight who made it to the show for the first time. His 79 wins were also second-most in the Victory Field era for first-year managers.
The 44-year-old has a lifetime managerial record of 610-569 (.517). Barkett managed eight seasons in the minors prior to coming to Indianapolis, leading lower level clubs in the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins organizations.
Barkett played 11 season in the pros, spanning five different organizations between 1995 and 2005. He made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 28, 2001 and collected 14 hits in 46 at-bats (one home run, three RBI) over the course of 17 MLB games played.
The Pirates have yet to announce their 2018 minor league field staffs, so a reveal for the Tribe’s new manager will have to wait.