Greg Colbrunn

Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn won't return in 2015

October 03, 2014 - 7:27 am
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The Red Sox announced that hitting coach Greg Colbrunn "has elected not to return to the position for the 2015 season." According to multiple sources, he was offered a position in the organization, but declined. In a text, Colbrunn said he was unsure if he wanted to work in baseball for the coming season, but if he did it would have to be close to his South Carolina home. One year after Colbrunn served as the hitting coach of a team that led the majors with 5.27 runs per game en route to a World Series, he oversaw a squad that managed just 3.91 runs per game, 11th in the American League. Colbrunn also spent time away from the team in June due to a brain hemorrhage that resulted in his hospitalization. Over time, upon his return to the team in July, he was able to build back to his regular duties amidst a dramatic second-half roster overhaul. Prior to joining the Sox as the lead hitting coach of their two-coach structure (with Victor Rodriguez, a longtime Sox minor league coach and coordinator, as the assistant hitting coach), he'd spent six seasons as the hitting coach and manager of the Yankees' Single-A affiliate in Charleston, S.C., where Colbrunn makes his offseason home. One name to keep an eye on in regards to replacing Colbrunn is former Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan. Magadan has one more year on his current contract with the Rangers, but with Texas in the process of looking for another manager a reunion with the Sox might make sense. (Magadan's wife is from New Hampshire.)  

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