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Darnell Coles joins Nationals as hitting coach

Field Level Media
19 Oct 2021, 03:19 GMT+10

Former major-league outfielder Darnell Coles is taking over as hitting coach of the Washington Nationals.

He replaces Kevin Long, who left the job last week to join the Philadelphia Phillies in the same role.

Coles, 59, has been a coach on the big-league level since 2014, when he was named assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers. He previously served four seasons (2006-09) in the Nationals organization as a minor-league hitting instructor.

Most recently, Coles spent three seasons as the hitting coach of the Diamondbacks. He was fired on June 10 amid a 5-30 stretch for Arizona. He did have success there, however, in 2019 when the Diamondbacks hit a club record 220 home runs.

"We are very excited to add Darnell Coles as our hitting coach," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "We align on hitting philosophy, process and focusing on the here and now. He's not only an outstanding hitting coach, but a great baseball man. Darnell has a great rapport with both veterans and young players and brings a thorough understanding of the analytics that we would like to incorporate."

Coles spent 14 seasons in the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners, Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies. He retired in 1997 with a career .245 batting average.

--Field Level Media

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