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Boston Red Sox reportedly hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

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Oakland A's hitting coach Chili Davis, who the Rangers had requested permission to interview, has reportedly been hired to be the new hitting coach for Boston

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox have hired Oakland A's hitting coach Chili Davis to be the new hitting coach for the BoSox, per multiple reports on Twitter.

This is of note for Rangers fans because the Rangers reportedly had sought, and been granted, permission to interview Chili Davis for their hitting coach position, should that position open up.

The Rangers, of course, have a hitting coach -- Dave Magadan -- already, but with the managerial change, the entire coaching staff seems to be in flux, and the coaches under contract with the team have been granted permission to interview with other teams.  Third base coach Gary Pettis has already left to join the Astros, and Magadan has been contacted by multiple teams.

Magadan has been a whipping boy among fans who have sought out a scapegoat for the Rangers' offensive struggles the past two years, but I don't know that there's any reason to believe that Magadan has done a poor job or needs to be fired, and would be fine with the team bringing him back.  The Rangers were going to interview Davis only if Magadan left, so its still up in the air whether a change will be made at the hitting coach position anyway.