Chili Davis Hired as Boston Red Sox Hitting Coach

Chili DavisIt looks like Yoenis Cespedes will reunite with former Oakland Athletics hitting coach Chili Davis in a few months. However, the Boston Red Sox still have a lot of work to do to really make this offense click going forward.

Davis, 54, was hired this past week as the new Red Sox hitting coach after Greg Colbrunn, 45, stepped down after two years as the hitting coach in Boston. Colbrunn suffered a brain hemorrhage back on June 4 and resumed part-time duties later on in that same month. The 45-year-old, according to sources, wanted to take a break from baseball and focus more on spending time with his family.

Davis played 19 season in the big leagues as a DH and outfielder while making the All-Star team three times. Prior to the last three seasons in Oakland, he as the hitting coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2011.

In 2014, the Athletics hit .258 with RISP for sixth in the AL compared to the Red Sox who hit dead last in the AL at .237. In the other two seasons, the A’s hit .265 with runners in scoring position in 2012 and .268 in 2013, which ranked sixth and fourth respectively.

The Red Sox also announced that they would keep Victor Rodriguez as the assistant hitting coach for his third season with the team.