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Red Sox to interview Counsell, Colbrunn for hitting coach

Nov 18, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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Alex Speier of Boston’s has the news:

According to a major league source, the Red Sox will interview a pair of long-time big leaguers about their hitting coach position(s) this week, with Craig Counsell slated to interview on Monday and Greg Colbrunn in the process of being scheduled for another time during the week.

The Red Sox have already held interviews with former Diamondbacks hitting coach Rick Schu, Braves assisstant hitting coach Scott Fletcher and their own minor league hitting coordinator, Victor Rodriguez.

Counsell has never coached at any level. He retired from baseball in 2011 after amassing 1,208 career hits and served as a special assistant to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin during the 2012 season.

Colbrunn spent five of the past six years as the hitting coach for the Yankees’ Low-A affiliate in Charleston.

  1. paperlions - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    So Counsell’s advice to pretty much every hitter would be, “Hmmmm, I don’t think you are holding your hands high enough.”

  2. hushbrother - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Craig Counsell as hitting coach? Really?

    “You’re not holding the bat high enough. Here, like this. Hold it wayyy over your head, and point it perfectly straight up.”

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    …and if Counsell doesn’t work out as the hitting coach maybe the Red Sox might have him on their “radar” or be “interested” in him as a utility infielder. After all at 42 years of age he probably still has 1 or 2 good years left in him for the Red Sox.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 18, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Craig Counsell? Greg Colbrunn? If they interview Edgar Renteria and Terry Pendleton, they’ll have the whole 1995-96 Marlins infield.

  5. bozosforall - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    No matter who they hire, the Red Sox will still suck dong next season.

  6. ocramfan22 - Nov 19, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Mickey Hatcher is 10 times the hitting coach than Counsell would be. The man had the strangest stance in baseball history!

  7. soxfan1966 - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Bring back Walt Hriniak.

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