According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (via twitter ), Brewers special assistant to the GM Craig Counsell has pulled out of consideration from the Red Sox' search for one or two hitting coaches. With Counsell out, four candidates remain in play: former Diamondbacks hitting coach Rick Schu, Braves assistant hitting coach Scott Fletcher, Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Victor Rodriguez and Single-A Charleston (Yankees) hitting coach Greg Colbrunn.
An industry source suggested that the Sox hope to announce their new hitting coach "soon," and that no further interviews were planned. Red Sox manager John Farrell, on the Red Sox Hot Stove Show on Thursday, said that the team is likely to proceed with two hitting coaches to manage the workload of working on the technical side of hitting and scouting.
"The work responsible for that hitting instructor can be overwhelming at times. When you see the amount of video work that gets done for a given starter on a night, I really feel like the necessity for two guys exists and we’re likely to go with that concept," said Farrell. "I think that pool is starting to define itself a little bit more and hopefully in time we’ve got that final position filled."
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