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Chili is in his first season as Chicago's hitting coach, following successful runs in the same role with Oakland (2012-14) and Boston (2015-17) ... 2018 is his seventh season as a major league hitting coach following a 19-year big league playing career from 1981-99 in which he hit .274 with 350 home runs and 1,372 RBI... In his three seasons with the Red Sox, Boston led the majors in runs scored (2,411) and pitches per plate appearance (3.95), tied for first in on-base percentage (.334), ranked second in batting average (.268) and third in OPS (.762) and plate appearances per strikeout (5.35)... Served as hitting coach for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2011 before landing the same role for Oakland's major league club in 2012, his first of three seasons with the Athletics... Was originally selected in the 11th round of the 1977 Draft by San Francisco ... made his major league debut, April 10, 1981, becoming the first Jamaican to reach the big leagues... Won three World Championships as a player with Minnesota in 1991 and with the Yankees in both 1998 and 1999... Graduated from Dorsey (Calif.) High School.

Coaching Career

Chili is in his first season as hitting coach for the Cubs following major league hitting coach stints with Oakland (2012-14) and Boston (2015-17) ... first coached for a major league organization in 2010 when he was a Fall League instructor for the Dodgers in 2010... While with the Red Sox, Boston had four Silver Slugger Award winners ... the 2016 club had three Silver Slugger winners as well as three players who reached 100 RBI, three with 100 runs, six with doubles and five with 20 homers... Boston last season ranked second in the majors with a .199 average with two strikes ... in 2016, the team posted the majors highest average (.209), OBP (.277), slugging (.324) and OPS (.601) with two strikes... In his first year as Oakland's hitting coach in 2012, the A's increased both their total number of runs scored (+68) and home runs (+81) from the previous year... As hitting coach for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in 2011, the North Division champions ranked among International League leaders in OBP (third, .335), runs scored (third, 657) and home runs (fifth, 132)... Served as a part-time instructor in the Dodgers Fall Instructional League in 2010. © Started his professional coaching career as hitting coach for the Australian Baseball Academy in 2003-04.

Playing Career

Chili, a switch-hitting outfielder, played 19 major league seasons with the Giants (1981-87), Angels (1988-90, 1993-96), Twins (1991-92), Royals (1997) and Yankees (1988-99) ... reached the postseason four times and won three World Series championships with the Twins in 1991 and the Yankees in 1998- 99 ... compiled a .274 average (2,380-for-8,673) with 424 doubles, 30 triples, 350 homers, 1,372 RBI and a .360 on-base percentage in 2,436 games... Selected to three All-Star teams ... made the N.L. All-Star squad in 1984 and 1986 and was on the A.L. team in 1994... Among all-time switch-hitters, ranks seventh in home runs and RBI, ninth in extra-base hits (804) and walks (1,194), and 10th in games... Drove in 80 or more runs in a season nine times, including a career-best 112 for California in 1993... Hit 20 or more homers 10 times (had 19 homers in both 1982 and 1999) ... belted a career-high 30 homers for Kansas City in 1997... Became the first-ever Jamaican-born player to appear in the majors when he made his debut, April 10, 1981 vs. San Diego. w Is one of only four Jamaican-born players ever to appear in a major league game (also Devon White, Rolando Roomes and Justin Masterson)... Finished fourth in N.L. Rookie of the Year voting in 1982 after hitting .261 with 27 doubles, 6 triples, 19 homers, 76 RBI and 24 steals in 154 games for the Giants ... recorded 16 outfield assists, tied for most among N.L. outfielders ... also made his lone career appearance at first base, April 22, 1992 at Seattle, playing only 1.0 inning at the position... Made the lone pitching appearance of his career, June 17, 1993 for California vs. Texas ... threw 2.0 hitless, scoreless innings in an 18-2 Angels loss ... pitched the eighth and ninth innings, retiring six of seven batters faced (1 HBP)... Retired at the age of 39, following the 1999 season with the World Champion Yankees.

*Courtesy Cubs.com


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