Red Sox make Chili Davis hire official, announce Victor Rodriguez will return as assistant hitting coach

October 23, 2014 - 12:50 pm

The Red Sox officially announced the hire of Chili Davis as their new hitting coach Thursday. In addition, the team announced that Victor Rodriguez would return for his third season as the team's assistant hitting coach. Davis spent the last three seasons as the hitting coach for the Athletics, who finished third in the American League in runs each of the last two season. As a player, Davis ranked seventh all-time among switch hitters in both home runs (350) and RBIs (1,372). He previously worked in the Red Sox organization in 2011, when he was the hitting coach for Triple-A Pawtucket. "Chili's experience and success as both a player and a coach make him a valuable addition to our staff, and we are excited to have him working with our hitters," John Farrell said in a statement. Rodriguez has spent the past 20 years in the Red Sox organization, serving in various roles in the minors before becoming the Red Sox' assistant hitting coach in 2013. "We look forward to having Victor return to the staff," Farrell said. "In his time here, he has built strong relationships with our younger players, some of which date back to his days working in our minor league system." For more on Davis and his potential impact on the Red Sox, check out this column from Alex Speier.