Hitting coach hired

Papa Jack’s vacant role has been filled.

The Red Sox today announced that Dave Magadan has been appointed as the team’s major league hitting coach.

Magadan spoke with the media this afternoon and talked about his approach to coaching. “Philosophically, as a hitting coach, I like to keep it simple,” said Magadan. “Every hitter has got his own personal quirks at the plate and as a hitting instructor you’ve got to work within the framework of each hitter. There’s not just one way to hit. I’m a hard-worker, I believe in looking at a lot of video, being prepared, learning the pitchers we’re going to be facing. When I was in San Diego I did all of the advance scouting for our hitters on the pitchers that we were going to be facing.”

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“When a new pitcher comes into a game, [it’s important to] give your hitters an idea of how they’re going to be pitched in a game,” said Magadan. “David Ortiz probably isn’t going to be pitched the same way as an Alex Cora, so I think you’ve got to know your hitters and know what little bits of information they need about that pitcher that’s going to try to get them out that day.”

The Red Sox released the following information on Magadan and the hire:

Magadan, 44, is expected to officially join the Boston organization on November 1.

The former infielder served as the San Diego Padres major league hitting coach from the start of the 2003 season until June 15, 2006. He began his coaching career as the Padres minor league hitting instructor in 2002 after his retirement as an active player.

Originally selected by the New York Mets in the second round of the 1983 first year player draft, Magadan batted .288 with 42 home runs and 495 RBI in 1582 games over 16 major league seasons with the Mets (1986-92), Marlins (1993-94), Mariners (1993), Astros (1995), Cubs (1996), A’s (1997-98), and Padres (1999-2001). He had 718 walks while striking out just 546 times in his big league career and had more bases on balls than strikeouts in each of his first 15 seasons from 1986-2000.

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Magadan’s top season was with the Mets in 1990, when he finished second in the National League with a .417 on-base percentage, third with a .328 batting average, and eighth with 74 walks. Overall, the lefthanded hitter batted .300 or better five times in his major league career. He saw extensive action at both first and third base.

Magadan had an outstanding three-year career at the University of Alabama and won the 1983 Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top collegiate player. He has two sons, Jordan and Christian and a daughter, Peyton and resides in Palm Harbor, Florida with his wife Monique.

Magadan is the second new appointee on Boston’s 2007 major league coaching staff. The club announced on Monday that current Cleveland Indians Director of Player Development John Farrell has been hired as the Red Sox pitching coach.

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