With the Athletics having lost hitting coach Chili Davis to the Red Sox earlier, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the club now considers former major leaguer Dave Hansen a candidate for the vacant position.
Hansen is currently the interim hitting coach for the Angels and was formerly the assistant hitting coach under Don Baylor, who suffered an injury on Opening Day. If the Angels don’t make Hansen the full-time hitting coach, he will likely seek out the full-time role elsewhere, which could come with the A’s.
Hansen, 45, has previously served as a hitting coach and minor league hitting coordinator in the Diamondbacks’ minor league system, the interim and then full-time hitting coach for the Dodgers, and the hitting coach for the Mariners before joining the Angels this past season.
Hansen made a career for himself by being a reliable bench bat. He took only 2,101 plate appearances in 1,230 games across 15 seasons. He retired with a .260/.360/.369 slash line with 35 home runs and 222 RBI.