After this past season, Chili Davis was allowed to interview with other teams for their hitting coach position. After very little deliberation, Davis decided to head to the Windy City to become the hitting coach of the Chicago Cubs.
This decision left new manager, Alex Cora, the opportunity to bring in his own staff member.
Recently, it was announced the Red Sox have hired Tim Hyers and Andy Barkett. to become the head / assistant hitting coaches, respectively.
Hyers is a name that some Red Sox fans may find familiar. He was a scout and a minor league hitting instructor from 2009-2015 with the Red Sox organization. He briefly was part of the Major League coaching staff in 2015, when he filled in for Greg Colburn.
Most recently, Hyers was the assistant hitting coaching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team that reached the World Series.
Andy Barkett has managed since 2006 in the minor league systems of the Braves, Tigers, Marlins, and Pirates. Most recently, he spent the 2017 season as the AAA manager in the Pirates organization.
Hyers is now in charge of turning around an offense that had multiple players deal with setbacks. The good news for the new staff is that they now manage a very talented core.
The Red Sox have won back-to-back AL East titles while struggling offensively. If the combination of Cora / Hyers / Barkett are able to get the most out of the young talent, the Sox may make a run to the World Series.