With the cold temperatures upon us this week, the Red Sox fired up the Hot Stove with chili as the main course. Chili Davis, Oakland’s hitting coach the last three seasons, has been hired to the same position by the Boston Red Sox.
Former Red Sox players Bill Mueller and Rich Gedman had also been rumored to be in the running, but the 56 year old Davis, whose career spanned most of the 80’s and 90’s, and who retired with a .274 lifetime average, ended up getting the nod.
Davis is no stranger to the Boston organization; in 2011 he served as the hitting coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Although that squad had the third most runs scored in the league, they were second to last in hits and average.
In Oakland, with Davis instructing the hitters, the A’s finished third in the AL in runs scored with 729 after having led the majors for most of the 2014 season prior to slumping in August and September.
Davis replaces Greg Colbrunn, who resigned at the end of the season. Colbrunn had just completed his second season as the Sox hitting instructor, but was dealing with serious health issues after suffering a brain hemorrhage in June.
One of Davis’ priorities will be to see the Red Sox increase their team batting average from the lowly .244 this past season to the lofty .272 number they averaged from 2011-13.