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Dave Magadan accepts Bobby Valentine’s offer to remain Red Sox’s hitting coach

Dec 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

Jacoby Ellsbury, Dave Magadan AP

Dave Magadan has been the Red Sox’s hitting coach since 2007 and he’ll keep the job despite never working with new manager Bobby Valentine before.

Rob Bradford of reports that Valentine called Magadan today to offer the job and he gladly accepted, saying: “It was good to get a vote of confidence from the front office, and Bobby concurring with the way they felt.”

Boston has made sweeping changes this offseason, but letting Magadan go would have been an odd move after leading league in runs, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage this year despite being without Kevin Youkilis for 40 games and getting little production from Carl Crawford. They also ranked second, third, second, and third in scoring during Magadan’s first four seasons on the job.

Magadan retired as a player in 2001 and Valentine’s last season as a manager was 2002.

  1. Matt Aromando - Dec 2, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Now if only he could fix Crawford…

    • pisano - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:22 PM

      Christ can’t help Crawford.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:41 PM

        Crawford will be alright. I wouldn’t expect seven 2011-type seasons out of him. I look forward to buying low on him in fantasy leagues next year.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Dave Magadan doesn’t look quite human- he looks like someone’s half-azz attempt at making a wax figure baseball player.

  3. bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Gotta keep the guy who supplies the roids to the hitters around, don’t they?

  4. thinman61 - Dec 2, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Now to get Gary Tuck locked up.

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