According to Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com, 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.
Manager Alex Cora said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Pedroia, 34, had cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in late October. He played in only 105 games last season, batting .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 463 plate appearances. His offensive stats were his worst since an abnormally-bad 2014 campaign.
The 34-15 Red Sox have baseball’s best record. Eduardo Nunez has mostly been handling second base in Pedroia’s place, hitting a disappointing .243/.261/.361 in 177 trips to the plate. He has also, by most metrics, played subpar defense at the position, so getting Pedroia back will be a boon.