Who are the Arizona Diamondbacks Coaching Staff?
By Jake Oliver
Arizona Diamondbacks Co-Hitting Coaches Rick Short & Drew Hedman
Rick Short: Rick became a Co-Hitting Coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks following the dismissal of prior hitting coaches Darnell Coles and Eric Hinske. He had been the hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks Triple-AAA minor league team, the Reno Aces. The Aces had gotten off to a terrific hitting start of the season. This helped the Diamondbacks promote him up to the big leagues. Rick has been with the club since the 2010 season, serving previously as a scout, Rookie Advanced, Single-A, and Double-A hitting coaches the respective teams. Rick played in the Minor Leagues and/or Japan for 16 seasons. He made it to the Majors for part of the 2005 season with the Washington Nationals.
Fun Fact: Rick played from 2007-09 with the Golden Eagles in the NPB League, and on that team, he played with Hisashi Iwakuma, former Seattle Mariners standout pitcher.
Drew Hedman: Drew became a Co-Hitting Coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks at the same time as Rick Short. Drew was the Arizona Diamondbacks Run-Production Coordinator for the team prior to becoming the hitting coach. He focuses on game-planning and analytics. He has been with the Diamondbacks since 2018. He played for four seasons in the Red Sox Minor Leagues during the mid-2000’s.
Fun Facts: He coached at Vanderbilt in 2013 and was accepted to MIT at one point in life.
Arizona Diamondbacks Pitching Coach Matt Herges
Matt Herges has been the Pitching Coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks since the beginning of the 2020 season. He had been the Bullpen coach for the San Francisco Giants since 2018. He is a former MLB relief pitcher who played for 12 years in the Majors across 8 teams. He actually played for the Arizona Diamondbacks during a disastrous period of two weeks. He had a career 3.91 ERA during his time in the bigs. He did admit to using steroids in his career after being named in the Mitchell Report. He says he regrets taking them.
Fun Fact: He played for every single team in the NL West during his career.