On the last episode of MassLive The Fenway Rundown Podcast, Red Sox bench coach Will Venable joins the show to discuss her new role and more. Venable, a former major league outfielder who played both baseball and basketball at Princeton, talks about interviews for the managerial role that Alex Cora has been given, of the process to become the bench coach from Cora and much more. He also talks about the time he racked up 21 points as a visitor at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Some strong points:
Venable on his relationship with Alex Cora:
“No story. Just a few times on the baseball field and in the team hotels and so forth, very briefly our paths crossed. I think we’re pretty similar in the way we think about the game, with the history of baseball in our family. I think it’s going well and it’s going to be a great relationship.
Venable on his role as Cora’s bench coach:
“There is just work to be done. There are things to do. I think the great thing about a bench coach is that you have to have the humility to do whatever it takes. Whatever we need to do to get the job done. The bench coaches I’ve been with, guys do what it is. Pick up baseballs in the cage that day, print some papers, whatever we need to do. Replacing the ink cartridge in the printer. It doesn’t matter. You just have to be prepared to do it and it’s something that I look forward to. Alex (Cora) has a wonderful group of people who know him and have been around him. Anything I can do to support them is how I get into this. There is no hierarchy, there are just things to do. Sure guys have their day to day roles and responsibilities but I’m able to support these guys and can’t wait to get the job done.