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Entering his 3rd season as Red Sox Hitting Coach...Was named to the position on 10/23/14, with the appointment marking his return to the BOS organization after having served as hitting coach for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2011. In his first 2 seasons with BOS combined (2015-16), the Red Sox led the majors in AVG (.273), OBP (.337), and doubles (637), and also paced the AL in pitches per plate appearance (3.95)...In that time, the Sox also had the majors' lowest swing-and-miss percentage (20.1). The Red Sox have seen an increase in AVG in several situations in each of the last 2 years (see table below)...In 2016, BOS led the majors in AVG with the bases empty (.274), with runners on (.292), with RISP and 2 outs (.259), with 0 outs (.295), with 2 outs (.276), with 2 strikes (.209), and when leading off an inning (.279)...The Sox' .283 AVG with RISP led the AL and ranked 2nd in the majors. In 2016, the Red Sox led the majors in runs (878), AVG (.282), OBP (.348), SLG (.461), OPS (.810), and doubles (343)...Opposing pitchers recorded only 54 quality starts against the Red Sox, the fewest in the majors...The next-lowest mark in the majors was 63 (COL), and the 2nd-lowest in the AL was 69 (CLE). The Sox in 2016 also led the majors in number of games with 5+ runs (93), 10+ runs (20), 10+ hits (81), and 15+ hits (23)...From 7/4 through the remainder of the season, the Sox ranked 3rd in the majors in HR (114). Boston posted MLB's highest AVG, OBP, SLG, and OPS with 2 strikes in 2016 (.209/.277/.324/.601)...No other team in MLB hit .200 or higher with 2 strikes that season...The Sox also led the majors in AVG, OBP, SLG, and OPS with 2 outs (.276/.354/.454/.808)...The Sox led the AL and ranked 2nd in the majors behind only COL in AVG, OBP, SLG, and OPS with RISP (.283/.369/.478/.847). The 2016 Red Sox featured 3 Silver Slugger Award winners, as well as 3 players with 100+ RBI, 3 with 100+ runs, 6 with 30+ doubles, and 5 with 20+ HR...Several Red Sox saw an increase in AVG from 2015 to 2016, including Dustin Pedroia (.291 to .318), Mookie Betts (.291 to .318), David Ortiz (.273 to .315), Hanley Ramirez (.249 to .286), Jackie Bradley Jr. (.249 to .267), Sandy Leon (.184 to .310), and Chris Young (.252 to .276). Spent 3 years (2012-14) as hitting coach for the Oakland Athletics...Was named to that position on 11/26/11...2012 was his 1st year as a ML coach. Over his 3-year stint with OAK, the Athletics led the majors in walks (1,709), and finished 4th in HR (527) and 5th in runs scored (2,209). In 2014, A's hitters led the AL in walks (586) and triples (33). In his 1st 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 Pawtucket Red Sox in 2011... Under his guidance, the North Division champions ranked among International League leaders in OBP (3rd, .335), runs scored (3rd, 657), and HR (5th, 132). 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 2 years (2003-04) in that role. 

Playing Career

Selected by San Francisco 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 World Series titles with the Twins (1991) and Yankees (1998, 1999)...Homered twice in the 1991 World Series. Selected to 3 All-Star teams in his career: 1984 and 1986 for SF and 1994 for CAL. Was teammates with Carl Willis in MIN from 1991-92...Also played for the Angels along with Gary DiSarcina from 1989-90 and 1993-96, and with John Farrell from 1993-94. Overall, was a career .274 hitter (2,380-for-8,673) with 424 2B, 30 3B, 350 HR, 1,372 RBI, and 1,240 runs scored in 2,436 games...Among all-time switch-hitters, ranks 7th in HR and RBI, 9th in extra-base hits (804) and walks (1,194), and 10th in games. Drove in 80 or more runs in a season 9 times, including a career-best 112 for CAL in 1993. Hit 20 or more HR in 10 different seasons (19 HR in 1982 & 1999)...Belted a career-high 30 HR for KC in 1997. Became the 1st-ever Jamaican-born player to appear in the majors when he made his debut on 4/10/81 vs. SD...Is 1 of only 4 Jamaican-born players ever to appear in a ML game (also Devon White, Rolando Roomes, and Justin Masterson). Finished 4th in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1982 after hitting .261 with 27 2B, 6 3B, 19 HR, 76 RBI, and 24 SB in 154 games for the Giants...Recorded 16 OF assists, tied for most among NL outfielders...Also made his lone career appearance at 1B on 4/22/92 at SEA, playing only 1 inning at the position. Made the lone pitching appearance of his career on 6/17/93 for CAL vs. TEX, throwing 2.0 hitless, scoreless innings in an 18-2 Angels loss...Pitched the 8th and 9th innings, retiring 6 of 7 batters faced (1 HBP). Retired at the age of 39, following the 1999 season with the World Champion Yankees.


Full name is Charles Theodore Davis. Married to Ann. Graduated from Dorsey (CA) High School.

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