The Red Sox have finally rounded out their coaching staff, appointing Greg Colbrunn as hitting coach on Wednesday.
Colbrunn was considered an outsider and not an obvious choice at the start of the search. He lacks major league coaching experience and has no direct connection to the team. His strengths impressed the Red Sox, however. His approach to the job and his ability to relate to the players made managers John Farrell and Ben Cherington convinced he was the right person for the job.
The 43-year-old Colbrunn’s resume includes six season with Single A Charleston, five years as the hitting coach and one as the manager. He spend 13 seasons as a major league player with the Marlins, Twins, Expos, Braves, Diamondbacks and Mariners. He was a .289 hitter with 98 home runs in 992 games. He won the 2001 World Series with the Diamondbacks and was 4 for 12 in that postseason with two RBIs.
Colbrunn shares the philosophy with Farrell of getting the Red Sox back to a more patient approach. Farrell commented, “I think the most important factor when you consider an assistant hitting coach is they’ve got to be aligned in their overall thoughts as far as hitting goes. We can’t have conflicting messages to the individuals.”
He believes his coaching staff should be able to work together. When asked about the group he said he was “Very happy. In large part not only because the experience and success that each has had individually, but the people that they are. They can communicate and teach, and that’s a common thread that links us all together.”