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Athletics hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

Nov 25, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

Chili Davis AP

According to Maureen Mullen of, the Athletics have hired Chili Davis as hitting coach. Imagine my excitement when this story broke while I was in the process of eating some turkey chili. It’s fate, I tell you.

Davis, who turns 52 in January, served as hitting coach with Triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox organization this past season. He had a .274 batting average and 350 home runs over 19 seasons with the Giants, Angels, Twins, Yankees, and Royals. He was also teammates with A’s manager Bob Melvin with San Francisco from 1986-87.

Gerald Perry was fired as A’s hitting coach after Oakland finished 12th in the American League this season in both OPS and runs scored.

  1. dlevalley - Nov 25, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Chili Davis was my favorite player growing up. Good for him.

  2. mgflolox - Nov 25, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    I don’t know how much difference it’s really going to make, but I’m glad they’ve hired a hitting coach who could actually, you know, hit.

    • JBerardi - Nov 27, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      Are we sure they just want him as a coach? Because he’d probably be like their third best hitter in 2012.

  3. marshmallowsnake - Nov 26, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Jamaican me proud!

  4. illogic87 - Nov 26, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    I bet you’re lying about eating chili

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