Red Sox name Hyers as hitting coach

Nov 4, 2017 - 7:14 PM The Boston Red Sox named Tim Hyers as hitting coach of new manager Alex Cora's staff.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and Cora also announced Saturday the hiring of Andy Barkett as assisting hitting coach.

Hyers, 46, spent the last two seasons as the Los Angeles Dodgers' assistant hitting coach, also serving as director of minor league hitting in 2017. In those two years, the Dodgers won a pair of National League West Division titles, going 104-58 and advancing to the World Series this season.

Prior to joining the Dodgers' staff, Hyers worked in the Red Sox organization for seven years, first as an area scout for Georgia (2009-12) and then as a minor league hitting coordinator (2013-15). In 2014, he joined the major league staff in June and spent the remainder of the season there while hitting coach Greg Colbrunn recovered from an injury.

Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 1990 June Draft, Hyers appeared in 133 major league games with the San Diego Padres (1994-95), Detroit Tigers (1996), and Florida Marlins (1999).

Barkett, 43, has 12 years of coaching experience (2006-17) at the minor league level, having posted a 610-569 (.517) record in nine seasons as a manager. He spent the past two years in the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm system, most recently leading Triple-A Indianapolis to the best record in the International League West Division (79-63) in 2017. He joined the Pirates' organization in 2016 as assistant hitting coordinator, the same role he held in 2015 with the Miami Marlins.

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