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Arizona Diamondbacks announce 2019 coaching staff

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Particularly on the hitting side, there’ll be a lot of new faces.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks finalized their 2019 Major League coaching staff and medical staff under third-year manager Torey Lovullo. The coaching staff will be (current role, on the coaching staff):

  • Jerry Narron, Bench coach - Second season, third overall
  • Mike Butcher, Pitching coach - Fourth season
  • Mike Fetters, Bullpen coach - Third season, seventh overall
  • Darnell Coles, Hitting coach - First season
  • Eric Hinske, Assistant Hitting coach - First season
  • Dave McKay, First Base coach - Sixth season
  • Tony Perezchica, Third Base coach - Third season
  • Robby Hammock, Quality Control/Catching coach - Third season
  • Luis “Pipé” Urueta, Major League coach - Second season
  • Humberto Quintero, Bullpen catcher - Third season, fourth overall
  • Dan Butler, Bullpen catcher - First season

Coles, 56, enters his first season as D-backs hitting coach, fifth overall in that capacity, sixth on a Major League coaching staff and 16th in a managerial/coaching role. He served as hitting coach for the Brewers (2015-18) and assistant hitting coach for the Tigers (2014). He spent 4 years in the Nationals’ organization (2006-09), serving as Minor League roving hitting instructor (2006), manager for Short-Season A Vermont (2007) and Single-A Hagerstown (2008) and hitting coach for Triple-A Syracuse (2009). He began his coaching career as the Minor League hitting coordinator for the Mariners in 2000. He worked for ESPN as a baseball analyst from 2001-06. Coles played in 957 games over 14 Major League seasons with the Mariners (1983-85, ’88-90), Tigers (1986-87, ‘90), Pirates (1987-88), Giants (1991), Reds (1992), Blue Jays (1993-94), Cardinals (1995) and Rockies (1997).

Hinske, 41, enters his first season as D-backs assistant hitting coach, fourth overall in that capacity and fifth in a Major League coaching role. He has been part of 3 World Series winners, twice as a player in 2007 with the Red Sox, 2009 with the Yankees, and once as a coach in 2016 with the Cubs. He was hitting coach for the Angels (2018) and assistant hitting coach for the Cubs (2015-17). He played parts of 12 seasons with the Blue Jays (2002-06), highlighted by 2002 American League Rookie of the Year honors, Red Sox (2006-07), Rays (2008), Pirates (2009), Yankees (2009), Braves (2010-12) and D-backs (2013).

Butler, 32, enters his first season as D-backs bullpen catcher. He had 2 stints in the Majors Leagues with the Red Sox in 2014 and ’18, appearing in 9 games. He played 10 seasons in the Minor League systems for the Red Sox (2009-14, ’16-18) and Nationals (2015). He signed with the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent in 2009. He is a native of Phoenix and played collegiately at the University of Arizona from 2006-09 after attending Greenway High School.