Billy McMillon Named PawSox Manager for 2019

Former Double-A Portland Skipper (2014-15) Becomes 17th Manager in PawSox History

By Pawtucket Red Sox | December 7, 2018 10:46 AM

The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Boston Red Sox are pleased to announce that Billy McMillon has been named as the new PawSox manager for the 2019 season. Red Sox Vice President of Player Development Ben Crockett made the announcement. 

McMillon, 47, has been Boston's Minor League Outfield & Baserunning Coordinator for the past three seasons after a six year stint as a manager in the Red Sox system…2010 & '11 with Greenville (low-A), 2012 & '13 with Salem (high-A), and 2014 & '15 with Portland (AA). Billy has actually spent the past 11 seasons in the Red Sox organization beginning with a stint as Greenville's hitting coach in 2008 & 2009.   He replaces Kevin Boles, who had been manager of the PawSox from 2014-18 before leaving the organization following the 2018 season. 

McMillon's 12-year playing career included parts of six seasons in the major leagues as an outfielder with the Florida Marlins (1996-97), Philadelphia Phillies (1997), Detroit Tigers (2000-01), and Oakland Athletics (2001-04). He had 6 HR in 66 games for the A's in 2003 and appeared in three games during the Division Series against the Red Sox that season (won by Boston, 3 games to 2).

Billy made his coaching debut in 2008 as the hitting coach for the Greenville Drive (2008 & 2009) before making his managerial debut in 2010 as the Drive skipper. During that 2010 season he led Greenville to the South Atlantic League Championship series where they lost to Lakewood, 3 games to 1. Christian Vazquez was his regular catcher on that team.

He was promoted to manage Salem in 2012 on a team that featured Vazquez as catcher, regulars such as SS Xander Bogaerts, 1B Travis Shaw, and CF Jackie Bradley, Jr., along with pitchers Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman who each made 20 starts apiece. In 2013, McMillon led the Salem Red Sox to the Mills Cup Championship (their first since 2001) by sweeping Myrtle Beach (2 games to 0) and Potomac (3 games to 0) in the post-season. Mookie Betts (50 games at second base), catcher Blake Swihart, reliever Robby Scott, and infielder Matthew Gedman (Rich's son) were key players on that championship club.    

Billy's progression continued when he moved to Double-A Portland in 2014 where he was named Eastern League Manager of the Year after guiding the Sea Dogs to a franchise-record 88 wins and the 2014 Eastern League Northern Division title. Portland was defeated in the playoff semi-finals by Binghamton, 3 games to 2. 

His 2014 Sea Dogs, who had the best winning pct. in all of Double-A Baseball (88-54, .620) featured Betts, Swihart, Shaw, and Scott along with starters Brian Johnson (who went 10-2 with a league-leading 1.75 ERA) and Eduardo Rodriguez following his trade from Baltimore. Prior to this upcoming season with the PawSox, McMillon's last year as a manager came in 2015 with the Sea Dogs on a team that included familiar names such as infielders Marco Hernandez, Tzu-Wei Lin, Mike Miller, and Jantzen Witte.

Overall in his six seasons as a minor league manager, McMillon has a career record of 440-400 (.524). He has spent each of the last three seasons (2016-18) as Boston's Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator which has included stops at McCoy Stadium.

Billy McMillon was born in Otero, New Mexico and resides in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife, Krista, and children, Kennedy (17) and Jackson (14). Billy earned a B.A. from Clemson University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. During his three year career at Clemson (1991-93), he had the highest career batting average (.382) of any former Tiger. He was selected by the Marlins in the 8th round of the 1993 June draft.

 

BILLY McMILLON'S LIFETIME MANAGERIAL RECORD (6 years)                          

YEAR    CLUB                    LEAGUE                              W            L             PCT 

2010     Greenville              South Atlantic (A)                  77           62           .554

2011     Greenville              South Atlantic (A)                  78           62           .557

2012     Salem                    Carolina (A)                          68           69           .496

2013     Salem                    Carolina (A)                          76           64           .543

2014     Portland                 Eastern (AA)                         88           54           .620

2015     Portland                 Eastern (AA)                         53           89           .373

Career Totals                                                                   440         400         .524       

 

In 2014, Kevin Boles became the fifth PawSox manager during a six year span following Ron Johnson (2005-09), Torey Lovullo (2010), Arnie Beyeler (2011-12), and Gary DiSarcina (2013). Those four were all promoted to big league coaching staffs directly from the PawSox as Johnson became Boston's 1B coach in 2010, Lovullo was Toronto's 1B coach in 2011 and then Boston's bench coach in 2013, Beyeler was Boston's 1B coach in 2013, and DiSarcina took the Los Angeles Angels 3B coaching job in 2014. Boles won the 2014 Governors' Cup Championship with the PawSox during his first season and went on to compile 345 wins during his five year tenure in Pawtucket.

The complete list of all-time PawSox managers… 

Darrell Johnson       1973

Joe Morgan             1974-1982

Tony Torchia           1983-1984

Rac Slider                1985

Ed Nottle                 1986-1990

Johnny Pesky          1990

Butch Hobson          1991

Rico Petrocelli          1992

Buddy Bailey           1993-1996, 2002-2004

Ken Macha              1997-1998

Gary Jones               1999-2001

Ron Johnson            2005-2009

Torey Lovullo           2010

Arnie Beyeler           2011-2012

Gary DiSarcina        2013

Kevin Boles             2014-2018

Billy McMillon          2019-

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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