Sunday, October 19, 2014

Red Sox Hire Chili Davis to Open Hitting Coach Position

The Red Sox have hired A's Hitting Coach Chili Davis to the same position, WEEI's Rob Bradford reports.

Davis, 54, has been with Oakland for the last three seasons. During that time, interestingly, the A's have done nothing but win, impressively taking home two division titles and a wild card berth.

From Bradford's post:

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have agreed to terms with Chili Davis to become their next hitting coach. 
Davis, who worked as the hitting coach for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in 2011, has been the Oakland A’s hitting coach for the past three seasons. Though the A’s finished third in the AL in runs per game (4.5) under Davis this year, the team’s offense went into a tailspin in the final two months of the season, likely contributing to the A’s willingness to let the Sox talk to Davis, at a time when he remained under contract with Oakland. 
Davis was also interviewed by the Yankees, whom he played for from 1998-1999, this weekend. In each of those two seasons, as you probably already know, the Yanks captured championships, their twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth ones in franchise history.
As for his overall career, Davis solidly collected 350 home runs and 1,372 RBI, stats that definitely contributed to his making of three All-Star teams. Besides those numbers, though, he somewhat struggled at the plate, only batting .274 throughout 19 years.
The details of his new deal with Boston have not yet been revealed, but are expected to be soon.


  1. Nice update, Jack.
    My hope from the get go..was Dave Magadan. Lets see.
    Davis, and Magadan are fine folks, I could of gone either way. A batting coach, is a batting coach.

  2. I was hoping for some nostalgic. Giambi, Tino, Paulie, etc. I'd take Magadan. When healthy the Rangers had a nice offense. Not that the coach gets 100% of the blame or the praise, but still.

    1. Tino might be a good fit, but I still like Magadan better.
      One must remember, the very good to great hitters can't teach worth a damn. They had the talent and with hard work fine tuned it. One can't teach talent, but they can teach hard work!
      Take Yogi, very good hitter, he said one time, something like "If I can see and reach it, I hit it"!

  3. Yankees said they would not hire Magadan yesterday Mr. Reed.

    1. Damn, I have some catching up to do! Who do you see getting a call?

    2. Early indications point to Marcus Thames but that's just my guess.


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