Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Forgotten Get: Hitting Coach Chili Davis

Davis With Arnie Beyeler At Pawtucket In 2011 (PawSox Photo)
You've heard a lot this off-season about marquee Red Sox offensive acquisitions. And, inserting solid hitters like Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval into the lineup is bound to improve on last year's anemic run production. But a not-so-discussed addition could be almost as important: new hitting coach Chili Davis. The 54-year old Davis comes to The Carmine Hose with a solid reputation of getting results. For the past three years, Davis has been working his magic with the Oakland A's. After a five-year playoff drought before Davis, the A's made the tournament three straight times during his tenure. Davis got a three-year contract from Boston—which helped him choose the Red Sox over The Evil Ones. In addition, he served as the AAA Pawtucket hitting coach in 2011 before joining Oakland. While this move didn't get a lot of ink back in October, it could prove to be very important next October.