Red Sox name Greg Colbrunn hitting coach

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The Red Sox have named Greg Colbrunn as their new hitting coach, the team announced. The 43-year-old spent the last six years on the Low-A Charleston coaching staff in the Yankees’ system, with one year as manager (2010) and the other five as hitting coach.

“This was a very astute hire,” said Brian Cashman to Pete Abraham. “Greg is more than qualified for that job and in our estimation there was no better hitting candidate in the market place than him. We were lucky to have him for as long as we did.” I don’t know much about Colbrunn, but I do know he was very well-regarded within the organization and will be missed. He worked with everyone from Austin Jackson to Jesus Montero to Tyler Austin, with many more in between.

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  • Slappy McWaterbug

    If Brian Cashman were a real GM he’d go out and hire Don Mattingly to replace him.

    /mrdbag’ed

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You ain’t no one until you’ve become RAB meme fodder.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Cashman’s comment makes me suspect an embedded Yankee. We’ll see if Will Middlebrooks strikes out every other at bat next season.

  • voIII

    If Greg is that good, why is Kevin Long still here? Yankee hitting (considering the pedigree of the players on this roster) has not been as productive as it should have been.I know hitting coaches get too much blame when things go wrong and too much credit when things go right, but a change here may have made sense. Now the “best hitting candidate” has gone to the enemy? Cashman’s words not mine… I hope we don’t regret losing this guy.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Before this article, did you know him as anything other than a former average first baseman?

      • pinchhitter

        Exactly. If Cashman had done that, people would be screaming who is Colbrunn and why are the Yankees letting Long go to the enemy?

      • jjyank

        This, and I would bet that a lot of Cashman’s statement was just nice PR stuff. Doesn’t mean that he thinks Colbrunn is better than Long. Some people just enjoy watching heads roll.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Besides, Colbrunn will be the embedded Yankee who turns every Sox hitter into Casey McGehee.