BOSTON (CBS) -Ben Cherington said Wednesday the Red Sox are considering hiring two hitting coaches for the 2013 season.
According to reports, they might already have half of equation taken care of.
ESPNBoston’s Joe McDonald is reporting the Red Sox have had preliminary talks with former Yankees slugger Tino Martinez to join his former rival as a hitting coach.
Martinez played 16 Major League seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays. He clubbed 339 home runs in his career, and won the 1997 Silver Slugger award after batting .296 with 44 home runs and driving in 141 runs.
On a conference call on Wednesday, new Boston manager John Farrell said hiring a hitting coach — or coaches — is on deck for the Red Sox brass.
“That’s the next step,” he said, according to McDonald. “As we’ve done with the pitching coach position and the process that we’ve gone through, there’s been a lot of conversations on recommendations on individuals. I would hope we get a much better, more clear picture of this toward the end of next week.”
Cherington told reporters the team is considering a two-man system when it comes to hitting coaches, but it depends on finding a pair of coaches in that will be able to work together.
“I think it depends on who the first guy is and if the right complement is there it’s something we’d consider,” said Cherington. “There are pros and cons to both approaches. Depending who the people are we see some benefit to two people. It’s a big job trying to give appropriate attention to all 13 position players on the team, so it is something we’re considering.”
“When you look at what a hitting coach is required to do and the amount of time spent in the cage, in addition to preparing for an opponent on a given night, or for a given series, it has evolved into more than a one-man system or one-man setup and we’re moving in that direction,” Farrell added.
Dave Magadan, who had served as Boston’s hitting coach since 2007, left for the Texas Rangers last month.