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Coolbaugh's connection to Davis, Showalter didn't play big part in hiring
Coolbaugh's connection to Davis, Showalter didn't play big part in hiring

One of the more intriguing aspects of the Orioles hiring former Texas Rangers hitting coordinator Scott Coolbaugh as their new hitting coach is that he already has a relationship with slugger Chris Davis. It’s pretty much a given that the Orioles need Davis to rebound from an awful 2014 – one in which he batted .196 and was suspended for failing an amphetamine test – if they expect to repeat as American League East champions. While vetting candidates, Orioles manager Buck Showalter obviously talked to Davis about Coolbaugh. Showalter talked to a bunch of other people about Coolbaugh as well, including current first base coach Wayne Kirby and former Rangers manager Ron...

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