Brian James Butterfield
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 200 lb.
- School Valencia Community College, University of Maine, Florida Southern University
The son of late New York Yankees executive Jack Butterfield, Brian Butterfield played at three schools during his college career. A second baseman, he signed with the Yankees organization in 1979. Originally a right-handed hitter only, he made himself into a switch-hitter. He hit .218/~.203/.235 for the Oneonta Yankees in his first year. In 1980, Brian went 2 for 16 with four walks for the Fort Lauderdale Yankees and .227/~.344/.254 with the Greensboro Hornets. He returned to Fort Lauderdale in 1981 for a .286 season, then hit .259 for them in 1982 and .133 in a brief appearance with the Nashville Sounds. He also briefly reached the AAA level in 1982, hitting .417 in 13 games with the Columbus Clippers. The following year, his final season as a player, he played in the San Diego Padres farm system. He was used by the 1983 Miami Marlins as a utility infielder, hitting .238/~.367/.283.
Butterfield began his coaching career in 1984 as a roving infield instructor for the Yankees and then coached various clubs in the organization over the next three seasons. He managed in the Yankees chain from 1988 to 1990 and in 1992, winning a Gulf Coast League championship in 1988, and was infield instructor again in 1991. After a stint as a coach with the Albany-Colonie Yankees in 1993, Butterfield was a member of the New York Yankees coaching staff in 1994 and 1995.
In 1996, Butterfield moved to the Arizona Diamondbacks and was their minor league infield instructor for two years before serving as the third base coach for the big league team when it began to play, from 1998 to 2000. He rejoined the Yankees as a minor league manager in 2001, leading the Tampa Yankees to a league co-championship. He began 2002 as skipper of the Columbus Clippers before being dismissed in May. Less than a month later, he joined the Toronto Blue Jays as third base coach, replacing Carlos Tosca who was named manager.
Tosca and Butterfield had previously worked together with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Butterfield would continue on as the Blue Jays third base coach through Tosca's and John Gibbons' coaching staffs through the 2007 season. In 2008 he was promoted to bench coach and served there under both Gibbons and Cito Gaston though the 2010 season. When John Farrell was named manager in 2011, Butterfield returned to his previous post of third base coach. In 2013, he followed Farrell to the Boston Red Sox.
- 1984 - New York Yankees minor league roving infield instructor
- 1985 - Fort Lauderdale Yankees (Florida State League) coach
- 1986 - Columbus Clippers (International League) coach
- 1987 - Oneonta Yankees (New York-Penn League) coach
- 1991 - New York Yankees minor league roving infield instructor
- 1993 - Albany-Colonie Yankees (Eastern League) coach
- 1994 to 1995 - New York Yankees first base coach
- 1996 to 1997 - New York Yankees minor league roving infield instructor
- 1998 to 2000 - Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach
- 2002 to 2007 - Toronto Blue Jays third base coach
- 2008 to 2010 - Toronto Blue Jays bench coach
- 2011 to 2012 - Toronto Blue Jays third base coach
- 2013 to present - Boston Red Sox third base coach
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1988||GCL Yankees||Gulf Coast League||45-18||1st||New York Yankees||League Champs|
|1989||Oneonta Yankees||New York-Penn League||48-27||2nd||New York Yankees|
|1990||Greensboro Hornets||South Atlantic League||59-85||5th||New York Yankees|
|1992||Fort Lauderdale Yankees||Florida State League||59-76||10th||New York Yankees|
|1997||AZL Diamondbacks||Arizona League||27-29||4th||Arizona Diamondbacks||shared position with Don Wakamatsu|
|2001||Tampa Yankees||Florida State League||77-62||1st||New York Yankees||League Co-Champs|
|2002||Columbus Clippers||International League||12-25||--||New York Yankees||Replaced by Frank Howard on May 16|