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Farrell's staff could employ two hitting coaches

Farrell's staff could employ two hitting coaches

Farrell's staff could employ two hitting coaches
BOSTON -- Look for the Red Sox to soon join what has been a growing trend in recent years -- deploying two hitting coaches.

While manager John Farrell hired Juan Nieves as his pitching coach on Wednesday, he hinted that the job of a hitting coach has perhaps become too encompassing for one person.

"It is not only being contemplated, but it's being discussed in reality," Farrell said. "If I were to sit here today, that would be the preference -- to go with two guys. But just like we talked about with my relationship with Juan and dealing with pitchers, the consistency of message is what matters most.

"If you look at what the hitting coach is required to do and the amount of time spent in the cage, in addition to preparing for an opponent on a given night or for a given series, I think it has evolved into more than a one-man system, one-man setup, and we're moving in that direction."

Over the last couple of weeks, Farrell has hired Torey Lovullo as his bench coach, Brian Butterfield as third-base coach and Nieves as pitching coach.

Hitting coach -- or more likely hitting coaches -- is now on Farrell's frontburner.

"That's the next step," Farrell said. "As we've done with the pitching coach situation and the process we've gone through, there's been a lot of conversations on recommendations with individuals. I would hope we get a much clearer picture of this towards the end of next week.

"There are some interviews we're looking to set up right now to bring guys into Boston starting this weekend, but it's our goal to have the best staff possible, but one that's in place in a relatively short period of time."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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