The coaching vaccancies for the Arizona Diamondbacks has grown to three. Don Baylor, the team’s hitting coach for the past three seasons, has decided to take the same position for the Los Angeles Angels. It represents a homecoming of sorts for Baylor as he won the 1979 American League MVP Award while with the Angels, leading them to their first American League West title.
In his three years as the D-Backs’ hitting coach, the team finished among the National League leaders in several offensive categories. During each season, Arizona finished in the top five in runs scored and doubles. The team finished seventh, third and fourth respectively in on-base percentage during Groove’s tenure as well as third, fifth and ninth in slugging. While the 2013 version had issues at times hitting with runners in scoring position, it actually was almost as good as it was during the D-Backs’ 2011 NL West title run (.250 in 2013 vs. .252 in 2011). There is no immediate word on his replacement although the favorite would seem to be assistant hitting coach Turner Ward.
We wish nothing but the best for Don Baylor as he heads back to California.