Brian joins the Cubs as the team's third base coach ... holds 38 years of experience in professional baseball beginning in 1979 ... served as Boston's third base coach, infield instructor and baserunner instructor the last five seasons... Prior to Boston, spent time as a manager, coach or scout in the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays organizations, beginning in 1984... Was the third base coach for the 2014 A.L. All-Star Team ... served on John Farrell's coaching staff for the MLB All-Star Series in Japan in November of 2014... Spent 11 years as a coach in the Blue Jays organization, starting in 2002... Served on major league staffs for Buck Showalter both with the Yankees (1994-95) and Diamondbacks (1998-2000)... Compiled a 300-293 (.506) record as a minor league manager in the Yankees system from 1988-90, 1992 and 2001-02... Named Gulf Coast League Manager of the Year in 1988, his first season as a manager, leading the Yankees to the league championship ... in 2001, led the Tampa Yankees to the Florida State League title... Was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame on August 3, 2014... Attended the University of Maine, and as a freshman in 1976 he lettered in baseball and basketball ... transferred to Valencia Community College and was named Florida Junior College Player of the Year in 1977... Moved to Florida Southern College for two years and was a member of the 1978 National Championship Team ... following his first pro season, returned to coach in the fall at Florida Southern in 1979 and completed his bachelor's degree in physical education at the college in 1980... Worked as an assistant coach at Eckerd College in Florida in 1980-81... Signed by the Yankees as a free agent in 1979... Is the son of the late Jack Butterfield, who at one time served as Vice President of Player Development and Scouting for the Yankees.
Managerial and Coaching Career
Brian is in his first season as the Cubs third base coach following five seasons as Boston's third base coach and infield and baserunning instructor from 2013-17 ... all told, has been a coach, manager or scout since 1984... In his five seasons with Boston, the Red Sox owned the majors highest combined fielding percentage between second base and shortstop (.985, 106 E/6,908 TC)... Assisted Hanley Ramirez with his transition to first base in 2016 ... Ramirez committed only four errors in 1,043 chances, marking the sixth-highest single-season fielding percentage (.996) at the position in Red Sox history... Coached Dustin Pedroia, who earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in both 2013 and 2014 ... Xander Bogaerts was named a Rawlings Gold Glove finalist at SS in 2015 with a .984 fielding percentage, after he posted a .975 mark at the position in 2014... Had two stints as Toronto's big league third base coach (2002-07, 2010- 12), and worked on John Farrell's staff in 2011-12 ... was Toronto's bench coach from 2008-09... Previously served on major league staffs under Buck Showalter both with the Yankees and Diamondbacks ... was the Yankees first base coach in 1994-95, and the third base and infield coach for Arizona from 1998-2000... Managed for parts of six minor league seasons in the Yankees system and compiled a 300-293 (.506)... In his first season as a minor league manager in 1988, was named Gulf Coast League Manager of the Year after guiding the Yankees to the league championship...Led the Tampa Yankees to a share of the Florida State League title in 2001... Spent 1996-97 with Arizona working as a roving infield instructor, minor league manager, and scout of big league talent in preparation for the expansion draft... Served four seasons as a minor league coach in the Yankees system with stops at Single-A Fort Lauderdale (1985), Triple-A Columbus (1986), Short-A Oneonta (1987), and Double-A Albany-Colonie (1993)... Began post-playing career as a roving infield instructor in the Yankees organization in 1984, a position he also later held in 1991.
Brian signed with the Yankees as a free agent in 1979 ... played 397 minor league games in five seasons in the Yankees (1979-82) and San Diego (1983) systems while appearing primarily at second base... Earned team MVP honors in 1981 with High-A Fort Lauderdale.