• In his first season as Red Sox hitting coach...Was named to the position on 10/23/14.
• Appointment marks his return to the BOS organization after having served as hitting coach for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2011.
• Spent three years (2012-14) as hitting coach for the Oakland Athletics...Was named to that position on 11/26/11...2012 was his first year as a ML coach.
• During his three-year stint with OAK, the Athletics led the Majors in walks (1,709), and finished fourth in HR (527) and fifth in runs scored (2,209).
• In 2014, A's hitters led the AL in walks (586) and triples (33), and ranked fourth in times on base (1,989).
• In his first year with OAK (2012), the A's increased both their total number of runs scored (+68) and home runs (+81) over the previous year.
• Served as hitting coach for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in 2011...Under his guidance, the North Division champion PawSox ranked among International League leaders in OBP (third, .335), runs scored (third, 657), HR (fifth, 132) and SLG (sixth, .401).
• Served as a part-time instructor in the Los Angeles Dodgers' Fall Instructional League in 2010.
• Started his professional coaching career as hitting coach for the Australian Baseball Academy...Spent two years (2003-04) in that role.
• Selected by SF in the 11th round of the 1977 June Draft...A switch-hitting outfielder, played 19 seasons in the Majors between the Giants (1981-87), Angels (1988-90; 1993-96), Twins (1991-92), Royals (1997) and Yankees (1998-99).
• Won a World Series championship with the Twins (1991) and two with the Yankees (1998-99).
• Selected to the All-Star team three times in his career: 1984 and 1986 for SF and 1994 for CAL.
• Was a career .274 hitter (2,380-for-8,673) with 424 doubles, 30 triples, 350 HR, 1,372 RBIs and 1,240 runs scored in 2,436 games.
• Became the first-ever Jamaican-born player to appear in the Majors when he made his debut on 4/10/81 vs. SD.
• Finished fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1982 after hitting .261 with 27 doubles, six triples, 19 HR, 76 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 154 games for the Giants.
• Belted a career-high 30 HR for the Royals in 1997...Hit 20 or more homers in 10 different seasons, narrowly missing 12 as he finished with 19 homers twice (1982 and 1999).
• Drove in a career-high 112 runs for CAL in 1993...Drove in 80 or more runs in a season nine times.
• Was a teammate of both Red Sox manager John Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo with the Angels (with Farrell in 1993-94 and with Lovullo in 1993).
• Among all-time switch-hitters, ranks seventh in HR and RBIs, eighth in extra-base hits (804), and ninth in walks (1,194) and games.
• Retired at the age of 39, following the 1999 season with the World Champion Yankees.
• Married to Ann.
• Graduated from Dorsey (CA) High School...Lettered in baseball and basketball.