The Oakland Athletics have signed former Pawtucket Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to fill the same position at the Major League level, according to multiple reports.
Prior to working in the Red Sox organization, Davis coached for one year in the Fall Instructional League for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. The 52-year old Davis spent 19 seasons playing in the majors, batting .270 with 370 home runs with the Giants, Angels, Twins, Yankees and Royals. He won one World Series title with the Twins and two more with the Yankees.
This marks the second straight season the Athletics have hired a hitting coach from the Pawtucket Red Sox. Davis succeeded Gerald Perry in Pawtucket, and he will do so again in Oakland after the A's chose not to retain Perry.
A former teammate of Oakland manager Bob Melvin, Davis will attempt to aid an Oakland lineup that hit just .244 last season, tied for 23rd in the MLB.