The 2021 MLB season has yet to finish, but the Boston Red Sox are already undergoing changes for the 2022 season.
The latest change will impact manager Alex Cora’s staff, and in a big way, too, as hitting coach Tim Hyers has declined the team’s offer to return and will instead pursue other opportunities. Word of the 50-year-old’s departure was first reported by The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier and has since been confirmed by multiple outlets.
It’s unclear exactly what those other opportunities are, but the Yankees and Cubs are two teams in need of a new hitting coach, as noted by ESPN insider Bustler Olney.
With Hyers gone, assistant hitting coach Peter Fatse will be promoted and take over as the team’s new hitting coach, according to The Boston Herald’s Steve Hewitt.
Fatse will have some big shoes to fill, as Boston’s offensive talents thrived under Hyers, with the Red Sox leading the majors in runs per game (5.31), batting average (.266), and slugging percentage (.455) over his four-year run in Boston.
And Hyers is not the first departure from Cora’s staff this offseason, as the team made the decision to move on from first base coach and outfield coach Tom Goodwin earlier this month. Goodwin, who had been with the Red Sox since 2018, was not with the Red Sox for the 2021 postseason as he did not meet the league’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements.