Gary Tuck resigns as Red Sox bullpen coach, citing personal reasons

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Red Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck retained his job as the lone holdover from Bobby Valentine’s staff, but now the 58-year-old has resigned from the position while citing personal reasons.

Tuck, who also served as catching instructor and has been with the Red Sox since 2006, took a leave of absence from the team last season for undisclosed personal reasons. However, as recently as last week he was working with catcher Ryan Lavarnway in Florida, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

“He felt it was time to retire,” manager John Farrell said. “Talented guy. Will miss him.”

Cafardo speculates that Jason Varitek “could be a candidate” to replace Tuck, although previously Varitek has indicated that he’s not interested in a full-time coaching gig at this point.

Jim Hickey steps down as Cubs’ pitching coach

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday that Jim Hickey has stepped down as the pitching coach due to personal reasons. The club will begin a search for a replacement.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in a statement, “Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his decision to step down as pitching coach and leave the organization for personal reasons. We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers. Jim has our full support and we all wish him well.”

Hickey, 57, spent over a decade as a coach in the Rays organization before joining the Cubs for the past season, reuniting with Joe Maddon. The Cubs’ starting staff ranked 10th among all 30 teams with a 3.84 ERA and the bullpen posted an NL-best 3.35 ERA.