Darnell Coles is the new hitting coach for the Milwaukee
Brewers, a team that missed the playoffs in large part
because of problems at the plate.
returns to Milwaukee after spending this season as the
assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers. Coles
previously worked in the Brewers organization as the team's
Double-A manager from 2012-13, and as minor league hitting
coordinator in 2011.
general manager Doug Melvin said Thursday the 52-year-old
Coles had the familiarity to connect with the Brewers'
last season led the majors in batting average at .277, while
ranking second in on-base percentage (.331) and slugging
Brewers' feast-or-famine offense tailed off dramatically
during a late-season swoon that dropped them out of first
place in the NL Central.