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Diamondbacks part ways with hitting coach Magadan

Diamondbacks part ways with hitting coach Magadan
Posted at 11:05 AM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 14:11:58-04

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Monday that they have "mutually parted ways" with hitting coach Dave Magadan.

The 56-year-old Magadan had been the D-backs' hitting coach since November 2015. A first and third baseman, he played in 16 MLB seasons from 1986-2001 and won a World Series championship with the New York Mets in his rookie season.

Magadan previously served as a coach for the Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers. He won a World Series title with the Red Sox in 2007.

The D-backs finished the 2018 season with a .235 team batting average, 12th in the National League and the worst single-season mark in team history. The D-backs finished the season with an 82-80 record, third place in the National League West division.

The D-backs said they will begin a search for a new hitting coach. That search will include D-backs assistant hitting coach Tim Laker.

The D-backs also announced Monday that they will retain several members of manager Torey Lovullo's staff: pitching coach Mike Butcher, bullpen coach Mike Fetters, quality control and catching coach Robby Hammock, first base coach Dave McKay, bench coach Jerry Narron, third base coach Tony Perezchica and major league coach Luis Urueta.