The Boston Red Sox made 2 hires today to fill in vacant coaching staff positions under newly appointed manager Alex Cora.
The Sox announced today the hiring of Tim Hyers as the new hitting coach and Andy Barkett as assistant hitting coach.
Hyers spent the last two seasons as the LA Dodgers assistant hitting coach and replaces former Red Sox hitting coach, Chili Davis, who left to join the Chicago Cubs in the same role.
These hires come two weeks after Alex Cora was named the new manager of the Boston Red Sox. Cora, only 42 years old, will be taking over a team filled with talent and high expectations already in place. Cora has been endorsed by two of Boston’s most beloved former players, Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz.
Pedro said, “The way baseball is trending right now, he’s a perfect fit, I think his experience is good enough to get him by with the team,” I think his communication with players and his experience is going to help him out. Plus the core behind him, including me, will be a great help to the entire staff.”
Ortiz stated recently, “Alex, this is a guy that I think is going to surprise a lot of people, he’s extremely smart, he doesn’t let things go by and a big part of Houston winning the World Series had a lot to do with him.”
Cora was the bench coach for the champion Astros team and will bring that experience into his new role as the 47th manager of the Boston Red Sox.
Looking forward to the Sox in 2018!