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Dodgers Triple-A Hitting Coached Hired Away by Chicago White Sox

Scott Coolbaugh returns to the big leagues.

General Dodger Stadium view. Glove and hat.

The Dodgers have been rumored to possibly lose multiple members of their major league front office, coaching staff, and roster. However, we know for certain that a  minor league hitting coach for the Dodgers will be heading on to greener pastures.

According to White Sox vice president and general manager Rick Hahn, the Sox have hired Triple-A Oklahoma City hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh as their new assistant hitting coach for the big league club.

While this is not a primary gig for Coolbaugh, it would not be surprising to see him get a head hitting coach job in the near future. The Chicago White Sox currently employ Frank Menechino as their hitting coach who will also be new to the job title as he was just instated in October 2019.

The 53-year-old Coolbaugh was the Dodgers’ Triple-A Oklahoma City hitting coach for one season — last season — and has experience as a head hitting coach at the major league level. Coolbaugh was the Baltimore Orioles’ hitting coach fro 2015 to 2018 when the team’s offense was at its best and the team was at its peak in the 2000s.

Under Coolbaugh, the AAA Dodgers slashed .262/.352/.464 with 203 home runs in 2019. Moreover, that club graduated six batters to the big league club, including Will Smith, Gavin Lux, and Edwin Rios

The Dodgers are sure to act fast to replace Coolbaugh with numerous organizational spots to be filled with the 2020 season looming. Expect to hear word on a replacement in the coming weeks.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. If this guy wasn’t replaceable, do you think the Dodgers would have let him go. If he was only in your program for one year, its a good bet his effect on everybody else not at OKC was minimal. I’m more interested in the effect the major league hitting coach has on the organization than one link in the minor league chain.

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