Source: Red Sox hire Chili Davis to become hitting coach

October 19, 2014 - 2:11 pm
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According to multiple major league sources, 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. The Sox chose Davis from a pool that also included Red Sox hitting coordinator Tim Hyers, Red Sox Double-A hitting coach Rich Gedman, Angels hitting coordinator Paul Sorrento and former Cubs hitting coach Bill Mueller. UPDATED (9:13 p.m.): According to one source, with Davis on board, the Red Sox will conduct interviews for the position of assistant hitting coach starting this week, with the team wanting to get the input of Davis on making that hire to ensure a comfortable working relationship with whomever is chosen. Davis does have a prior history with Victor Rodriguez, who was the Red Sox' assistant hitting coach in 2013 and 2014, after serving as hitting coordinator for several seasons prior to that -- including 2011, when Rodriguez was the minor league hitting coordinator at a time when Davis was the hitting coach for Triple-A Pawtucket. The current candidate pool (and whether it includes Rodriguez) for the assistant hitting coach position remains unknown, though it is believed that the Sox may talk with some of the individuals who were candidates for the position of hitting coach about the assistant position.

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