Darnell Coles (born June 2, 1962) is a former Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball player who played primarily as a third baseman and outfielder from 1983 to 1997. He is currently the hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Early life [ edit ]
Coles was a four-sport letterman and three time baseball MVP at
Eisenhower High School. [1 ]
Playing career [ edit ]
On June 3, 1980, Coles was drafted by the
Seattle Mariners in the first round (sixth pick) of the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft. He turned down both a baseball scholarship and a football scholarship to UCLA to sign with the Mariners.
In 1986, he hit a career-high 20
home runs for the Detroit Tigers. He had two three-home run games in his career: in 1987 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and in 1994 with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Coaching career [ edit ]
In 2006, Coles was hired as the roving hitting instructor for the
Washington Nationals organization. He was the manager of the Vermont Lake Monsters in 2007, and manager of the Class A Hagerstown Suns in 2008.
On November 19, 2008, he was named the hitting coach for the Nationals Triple-A affiliate, the
Syracuse Chiefs. [2 ]
On October 10, 2013, Coles was selected to manage the
Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds, after previously managing the organization's Double-A Huntsville Stars from 2012 to 2013. However, on November 25, the Detroit Tigers announced the hiring of Coles as assistant hitting coach. [3 ] [4 ]
On October 23, 2014, the
Milwaukee Brewers announced Coles replaced Johnny Narron as the hitting coach. [5 ]
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1983: Akerfelds, Bell
1985: Campbell, McGuire
1987: Griffey, Jr.
1989: Salkeld, Burrell
1990: Newfield, Manahan
1995: Cruz, Jr.
1999: Christianson, Heaverlo
2000: No first round pick
2002: Mayberry, Jr.
2004: No first round pick
2007: Aumont, Mangini
2009: Ackley, Franklin, Baron
2015: No first round pick