Patrick Mooney and Robert Murray of The Athletic report that Eric Hinske is expected to become the Diamondbacks’ assistant hitting coach. He’ll work under hitting coach Darnell Coles, who was hired at the end of October.
Hinske, 41, coached for the Angels last year and prior to that had been a coach with the Cubs since the 2014 season. The Angels hired Jeremy Reed to replace Hinske earlier this month. There was some thought that Hinske might return to the Cubs.
Hinske spent 12 seasons in the majors, including his final year in 2013 with the D-Backs. The 1B/3B/OF retired batting .249/.332/.430 in 1,387 games.
Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.
For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.
Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.