Chili Davis, a three-time All-Star and member of three World Series championship teams during
an illustrious 19-year Major League playing career, enters his first season as the A's hitting coach in
Davis, 52, served as the Boston Red Sox's Triple-A hitting coach with Pawtucket last season.
Originally selected in the 11th round of the 1977 draft by the San Francisco Giants, he became the
first Jamaica-born player to play in the majors in 1981. Considered one of the greatest switch-hitters
in baseball history, Davis batted .274 with 350 home runs, 1,372 RBI, 1,240 runs scored and a .451
slugging percentage in 2,436 big league games with the Giants (1981-87), California Angels (1988-90,
1993-96), Minnesota Twins (1991-92), Kansas City Royals (1997) and New York Yankees (1998-99).
He finished fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting in 1982 after hitting .261
with 19 homers, 76 RBI and 24 stolen bases for San Francisco. Davis, a native of Kingston, Jamaica and
graduate of Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, hit 20 or more home runs in 10 different seasons as an
outfielder-designated hitter. He earned All-Star recognition with the Giants in 1984 and 1986, and with
the Angels in 1994, and served as Bob Melvin's teammate with San Francisco in 1986-87, including the
'87 club that won the NL West division crown.
Davis later played roles on three World Series championship teams-the 1991 Twins, and both the
1998 and 1999 Yankees. He batted .277 with 29 home runs and 93 RBI on that Minnesota title team,
while hitting .279 with 30 homers and 90 RBI with Kansas City in 1997. His best RBI season came
in 1993 with California, when he drove in 112 runs and hit 27 round-trippers. On the all-time switchhitters list, he continues to rank among the Top 10 leaders in home runs (350, 5th), RBI (1,372, 6th) and
walks (1,194, 8th).
After enjoying back-to-back World Series championships with the Yankees, Davis retired after the
1999 season. He entered his coaching career four years later, serving as hitting coach for the Australian
National Team in 2003-04. He was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a part-time instructor in the
fall instructional league in 2010 before being named Pawtucket's hitting coach last season. Boston's
Triple-A affiliate ranked among the International League leaders in on-base percentage (.335, third),
runs scored (657, third), home runs (132, fifth) and slugging percentage (.401, sixth) in 2011.