Rich Gedman

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Richard Leo Gedman Jr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Rich Gedman was signed as an amateur free agent by the Boston Red Sox and scout Bill Enos.

He first came up in 1980 for a 9-game trial at the end of the season, the in 1981 became the Red Sox's starting catcher when future Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk left unexpectedly when a botched contract offer made him a free agent. He played 62 games in the strike-shortened season, hitting .288 and was named the American League rookie player of the year by The Sporting News. His career was off to a good start, and he hit .294 in 1983, then developed some home run power, hitting 24 in 1984 after hitting all of 11 in his first four seasons. He had his best year in 1985, when he hit .295 with 18 homers and 80 RBIs, made the All-Star team for the first time and had an OPS+ of 126.

He was the starting catcher on Boston's World Series team in 1986, hitting .258 with 16 homers and 65 RBIs in 135 games. He made the All-Star team for the second straight year and was considered one of the top catchers in baseball. He hit free agency after that season but was a victim of collusion, not finding a taker and having to re-sign with Boston after missing the first month of the 1987 season. However, while other stars like Andre Dawson and Tim Raines had huge years after finally finding a team post-collusion, Gedman had his worst season, hitting .205 in 52 games, and never coming close to matching his earlier production. In his final six seasons, his highest batting average was just .231. He finished his career with the Houston Astros in 1990 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1991 and 1992, but was strictly a back-up by that point.

After being out of baseball for a few years, Gedman returned to the game as an assistant coach for the Belmont Hill School Sextants in 1996. He continued to coach the Sextants through the 2002 season.

Gedman returned to professional ball in 2003-2004 as the bench coach for the North Shore Spirit of the independent Northeast League. In this role he served as both the team's hitting coach and third base coach. Gedman thought of himself more as a coach than a potential manager because he liked the teaching focus that came with being a coach. Nevertheless, when the opportunity presented itself, Gedman took on managerial responsibilities. He served as the manager for the Worcester Tornadoes from 2005-2010. Gedman led his team to the Can-Am Association championship in 2006 and earned manager of the year accolades.

The Red Sox hired Gedman in a hitting coach in 2011 and he has remained in that role ever since. He coached the Lowell Spinners in 2011, Salem Red Sox in 2012, Portland Sea Dogs in 2013-2014, and Pawtucket Red Sox in 2015-2019. Gedman was scheduled to coach Pawtucket in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. When the team left Pawtucket for Worcester in 2021 Gedman went with them and worked as the Worcester Red Sox hitting coach in 2021-2022. In addition, Gedman served as the hitting coach for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League after the 2013 season.

As a Little Leaguer, he was a pitcher, catcher and shortstop. He was a two-time little league All-Star pick.

His son, Matt Gedman, played in the Boston Red Sox minor league system. Another son, Mike Gedman, played for the Worcester Tornadoes in 2011. His wife Sherry pitched for the University of Connecticut softball team, throwing two no-hitters and finishing with a 0.57 career ERA.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time AL All-Star (1985 & 1986)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1984)

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2005 Worcester Tornadoes Can-Am Association 50-42 3rd (t) Independent Leagues League Champs
2006 Worcester Tornadoes Can-Am Association 41-49 8th Independent Leagues
2007 Worcester Tornadoes Can-Am Association 43-51 8th Independent Leagues
2008 Worcester Tornadoes Can-Am Association 53-41 2nd Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2009 Worcester Tornadoes Can-Am Association 43-50 4th Independent Leagues Lost in finals
2010 Worcester Tornadoes Can-Am Association 42-51 5th Independent Leagues

Further Reading[edit]

  • Tyler Ash: "Rich Gedman", in Bill Nowlin and Leslie Heaphy, ed.: The 1986 Boston Red Sox: There Was More Than Game 6, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2016. pp. 83-86. ISBN 978-1-943816-19-4

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