Hitting coach Dave Magadan has left the Red Sox to take the same job with the Rangers, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
Magadan served as Boston’s hitting coach since 2007 and Bradford reports that he was also in talks with the Pirates, Mariners, and Indians before deciding to replace Scott Coolbaugh on the Rangers’ staff.
Texas is obviously a good place for a hitting coach, as the Rangers combine lots of offensive talent with a ballpark that boosts power numbers. Of course, this season the Rangers led MLB in runs scored and apparently still felt the need to replace Coolbaugh, so it’s also a job with some pretty lofty expectations.
Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.
This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.
The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.