Report: D-Backs to add Baylor

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly close to naming Don Baylor as the club's hitting coach.

The Arizona Republic reported Monday that Baylor will be installed as hitting coach, replacing Jack Howell, with a two-year deal.

The 61-year-old former major-leaguer spent the previous two years as hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies -- a club he managed from its 1993 inception until the end of the 1998 season.

Baylor also spent time as hitting coach for Milwaukee (1990-91), St. Louis (1992), Atlanta (1999) and Seattle (2005), with a stop from 2000-2002 as manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Baylor played 19 seasons in the majors from 1970-88 with six clubs, hitting .260 with 338 home runs and 1,276 RBI in 2,292 games. He was the 1979 AL MVP with the California Angels, helping the club win the AL West with a .296 average, 36 homers, a league-high 139 RBI and an AL-best 120 runs.

The paper also cited multiple baseball sources as saying Charles Nagy is a leading candidate to be named the Diamondbacks' pitching coach. The 43-year- old spent the majority of his career as a starter with the Cleveland Indians.

Nagy spent the 2010 season as the Indians' Triple-A pitching coach with Columbus.


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