The Diamondbacks already in need of a pitching coach and a first base coach will now be looking for a new hitting coach. According to sources hitting coach Don Baylor is leaving the Diamondbacks to take the same position with the Los Angeles Angels. The Diamondbacks announced last week that Baylor who has been with the club since 2011 was among the team’s coaches who had been asked to return. Also asked back was assistant hitting coach Turner Ward. It’s unclear if the Diamondbacks will promote Ward to the primary hitting coach or seek a more experienced replacement. In Los Angeles Baylor will be working under Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto a former Diamondbacks executive who played for Baylor in the late 1990s when Baylor was the manager of the Colorado Rockies. Baylor 64 played parts of 19 seasons in the majors winning the American League MVP award in 1979 and has 21 years of coaching experience. Last week the Diamondbacks fired pitching coach Charles Nagy and first base coach Steve Sax.
Don Baylor leaving Arizona Diamondbacks for Los Angeles Angels
Arizona Republic | Oct 17