Diamondbacks fire former Yankees slugger and 2009 World Series contributor

Former New York Yankees infielder Eric hinkse is unemployed. His boss too.

the Arizona Diamondbacks fired Hinkse and Darnell coles Thursday. Coles was the team’s hitting coach and Hinske was the assistant hitting coach.

MLB.com reports that “The team has appointed Triple-A hitting coach Reno Rick Short and production coordinator Drew Hedman as hitting coaches.”

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Why the move? Arizona came into play Thursday with the third-worst batting average in the National League (0.231). In addition, the Diamondbacks own the worst record in the majors (20-43 as of Thursday), and someone had to pay the price.

MLB Business Rumors reports that “Coles and Hinske were both hired during the 2018-19 offseason. In each of the two and more seasons since, the D-Backs have recorded one below average offense. Obviously, it’s hard to say how much of the blame for this should fall on the coaching staff versus the players, but the organization obviously decided it was time to bring in a pair of new voices.

The highlight of Hinske’s big-league career came with the Yankees after they traded him in 2009. He went on to score 0.226 with seven homers in 39 games and won a World Series ring for his. efforts.

During his 12 years MLB career, Hinske also played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Pirates of pittsburgh and Atlanta Braves, before ending his playing days with Arizona in 2013. Hinske was a lifelong .249 hitter and hit a career-high 24 home runs in 2002, winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award.

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