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The Red Sox hire Chili Davis as a minor league hitting coach; fundamentally shift the balance of power in the AL East

Jan 10, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

Chili Davis AP

The Red Sox hired Chili Davis to be the hitting coach for the AAA Pawsox today. That’s swell. Nice guy. Good hitter. But probably not worth this tweet from Heyman:

red sox announce hiring of chili davis as pawsox hitting coach. 1 of best/smartest guys in game. yankees still hibernating.

You know, there’s a lot to be desired about the Yankees’ offseason, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the identity of a team’s minor league hitting coach has had absolutely no bearing on any major league pennant race in the history of forever nor will it even if they’re still playing baseball in the year 2525. I think it’s OK to give the Yankees a pass here for “hibernating.”

Indeed, the notion that anything the Red Sox do that the Yankees don’t immediately counter represents some sort of victory in a never-ending war is one of the more tiresome memes in all of baseball.

It reminds me of this.

  1. joshv02 - Jan 10, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    The Sox also signed TWO TIME WORLD CHAMPION Andy Fox to be a minor league coach.

    Your move, bitches.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 10, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Slow news day? Eh?

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 10, 2011 at 6:34 PM

      You’re speaking Canadian. What’s that mean in English?

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 10, 2011 at 9:14 PM

        It means “have a Molson’s”.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 10, 2011 at 9:48 PM

        Sounds good to me. But I think I’ll have to run “Molson’s” through Google translator so it can mean Sam Adams—what with there being no Molson’s in my abode. I’ll toast Doc’s former home though.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM

        But nothing goes better with Chili than a brewski or six.

      • BC - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:14 AM

        Utley – have a Yuengling instead. Mmmmm…..

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:32 AM

        If I must. :) I’ll go tell my boss you told me to have one—or more.

  3. Utley's Hair - Jan 10, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Mmmm…chili…D’OH!!!!!

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 10, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    The Yankees were busy polishing their 2009 rings, and remembering the 2010 playoffs.

    I think the Sox team watched both of those events from Pedroia’s house, where he was taking balls while on his knees…or something.

    • bobwsc - Jan 11, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      taking balls on his knees and putting on a laser show in the batting cage…after polishing his MVP trophy and ring from 2007 and talking to Lowell about his ring from 2004 and the Yankees epic choke…or something.

  5. stankfinger - Jan 10, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Chili Davis is the only player in sports history whose mere mention of his name makes me hungry.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 10, 2011 at 9:50 PM

      Not even Coco Crisp?

      • stankfinger - Jan 11, 2011 at 12:04 AM

        Ok you got me on that one. I enjoy strawberries, but they don’t necessarily cause hunger pangs. And catfish is just smelly.

    • bloodysock - Jan 10, 2011 at 10:02 PM

      Catfish Hunter?

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 10, 2011 at 10:25 PM

      Darryl Strawberry?

      • Old Gator - Jan 10, 2011 at 11:49 PM

        Jim Bunning?

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 1:01 AM

        Pretty damn good player. Quite the opposite afterwards.

      • BC - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:09 AM

        George Bamburger?
        I don’t know what a Bamburger is comprised of, but it must be tasty.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:39 AM

        Isn’t a bamburger from the Flintstones? Or was it Emeril?

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 10, 2011 at 10:29 PM

      As a matter of fact, her you go…

      http://baseball-fever.com/archive/index.php/t-51008.html

  6. andrewkw - Jan 10, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    I think Chili was the first player I ever saw break his bat over his leg after a strikeout.

    • b7p19 - Jan 10, 2011 at 8:59 PM

      Good to know. It’s amazing how we remember people for odd things. Does everyone remember how hard Quilvio Veras swung the bat?

    • BC - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:10 AM

      I saw Fred Lynn do it back when he was with the Red Sox.

    • BC - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      Other than Davis, I think the three hardest swinging players I can recall (in no particular order) were:
      Jim Rice
      Vlad Guerrero
      Dave Winfield
      Honorable mention to Prince Fielder and Jim Thome, who completely attack the ball.

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