Following the Red Sox's recent hiring of Bobby Valentine as manager, there is some speculation that former manager Terry Francona's staff from last year may not return to the team next season. Friday, we got got word that at least of one them will back.
According to WEEI.com, the Boston Red Sox have decided retain Dave Magadan as their hitting coach for next year. Magadan has been the team's hitting coach for the past five seasons. With Valentine installed as the team's manager for next season, Magadan is very relieved that we will be back for another season and is excited about next season.
"I think we have a really good thing going," Magadan said from his Tampa-area home. "For the first time since I've been there, last year we finished near the top of almost every category. It was good to get a vote of confidence from the front office, and Bobby concurring with the way they felt." (WEEI)
Under the direction of Magadan, the Red Sox offense were the best in the majors with 1,600 total hits as well as 875 total runs scored and were rated in the top two in runs per game (5.40), batting average (.280), OBP (.349), slugging percentage (.461) and OPS (.810).