By Tiffany Williams –
In a statement released Monday afternoon, the Worcester Red Sox have announced that Manager Billy McMillon will not be returning for the 2022 season. McMillon who was the Manager for the Pawtucket and Worcester Red Sox in the 2019 and 2021 seasons will be replaced by Chad Tracy.
Tracy, 36, has minor league managerial experience, he managed at multiple stops in the Los Angeles Angels organization. He’s spent three as a minor league manager with Low-A Burlington, four seasons with High-A Inland Empire and since 2018 has been the Angels’ Minor League Field Coordinator.
In addition to his managerial experience, Tracy played baseball at Claremont High School and Pepperdine University where he was the West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2005 and in 2006 he was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award which is given to the top catcher in NCAA Division 1.
Tracy was selected by the Texas Rangers in the third round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, and played nine professional seasons, all in the minor leagues and independent Atlantic League. Tracy played Triple-A in 2010 with Oklahoma City, in 2011 with Round Rock (both Texas Rangers’ AAA affiliates), Colorado Springs (AAA-Rockies) in 2012 and Omaha (AAA-Royals) in 2013. Tracy also played for the United States national baseball team in the 2011 Baseball World Cup and won a silver medal with the U.S. during the 2011 Pan American Games.
The Worcester Red Sox have also announced that Jose David Flores has been hired as their new bench coach, replacing Bruce Crabbe. Flores, who is a native Puerto Rico will in just a few weeks celebrate his 51 birthday on January 1st.
Flores will bring to the Worcester Red Sox more than 20 years of experience as a coach or manager. Most recently, he spent the 2019 & 2020 seasons as the third base coach for the Baltimore Orioles. Prior to that he spent one season as the first base coach for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018. He also served as the infield coach for both the Orioles and Phillies during those years. Prior to joining the major league ranks, Flores served as the Chicago Cubs’ Minor League infield coordinator from 2013-17. Flores’ managerial experience includes managing the Puerto Rico National Team from 2011-12 during the PanAm Games and Baseball World Cup, then serving on the coaching staff for Team Puerto Rico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. From 2004-11, he managed the Cidra Bravos of the Puerto Rico Baseball Federation, where he won four national titles and was named 2005 Manager of the Year. Flores also managed Cleveland’s 2008 Dominican Summer League team, and since 2000 he has been a third base/infield coach in the Puerto Rico Professional Winter League.
As a player, Flores was selected by the Houston Astros in the 1990 First-Year Player Draft, and spent his entire professional playing career as an infielder in Houston’s minor league system. The Worcester Red Sox did say in their statement on Monday afternoon that hitting coach Rich Gedman and pitching coach Paul Abbott will resume their roles and that Mike Montville has been named assistant hitting coach after serving as a coach for Worcester in 2021.