Talk about a guy who has his work cut out for him.
The Rangers just hired a new hitting coach, Tim Hyers. He came from Boston, where he had been the Red Sox hitting coach for the past four seasons.
Before that, he was the assistant hitting coach with the Dodgers, when Rangers manager Chris Woodward was with that organization as third-base coach.
According to Kennedi Landry of MLB.com, during Hyers’s time with Boston, the Red Sox led the major leagues in runs-per-game, batting average, slugging percentage, and OPS.
Now, if he could just get all of Boston’s hitters to come to Texas. Hyers takes over a team that was the worst in baseball offensively in 2021, finishing last in on-base percentage and OPS, and second to last in batting average.
He goes from the very top to the very bottom. From an organization steeped in winning to one that would make The Gang Who Can’t Shoot Straight look good.
Hyers’s contract ended with Boston and he chose not to return. He was highly coveted and chose the Rangers, saying, “I love to work with the young guys, I like to build systems and processes, so that was very attractive to have a young team.”
The fifty-year-old Hyers will work under Donnie Ecker, who the Rangers just hired to be the offensive co-ordinator for the entire system. A system that hasn’t produced any significant offensive major league star other than the highly-flawed Joey Gallo and Chris Davis under the Jon Daniels regime.
Good luck to Hyers and Ecker. They are going to need it.