Catching instructor Gary Tuck resigns from SoxTuesday January 29th, 2013
By Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff
Red Sox bullpen coach and catching instructor Gary Tuck resigned from his position Tuesday for personal reasons. Tuck had been working with Ryan Lavarnway in Fort Myers, Fla., the past week, but informed general manager Ben Cherington he would not be returning.
Cherington said the team is exploring internal options to fill the position.
Tuck, who was the lone holdover from fired manager Bobby Valentine’s staff, took a leave of absence last season because of personal matters. He was replaced then by minor league instructor Chad Epperson.
Tuck has a good reputation for his catching knowledge and instruction. He helped in the development of former Yankees star Jorge Posada and was instrumental in the improvements made by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Lavarnway.
Former catcher Jason Varitek, who is a special assistant to Cherington, could be a candidate to replace Tuck.