The 43-year-old Colbrunn, who played 13 seasons in the majors, has spent the last six years with the Yankees’ Single-A affiliate, the Charleston RIverDogs, where he was hitting coach from 2007-09 and 2011-12 and manager in 2010. The 2012 RiverDogs finished fourth in the 14-team South Atlantic League with a .268 team average.
“Greg’s success as a hitting coach and his experiences as a major league player make him a strong addition to the Red Sox coaching staff,” manager John Farrell said via a statement released by the team.
Colbrunn played for seven teams over the course of his career and won one World Series, with the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks. He was a career .289 hitter with a .338 on-base percentage.
The Red Sox had been considering a two-person approach to the hitting coach spot, but apparently have decided to fill it with just Colbrunn after interviewing five people.
Farrell’s coaching staff will comprise of Colbrunn as hitting coach, Juan Nieves as pitching coach, Gary Tuck as bullpen coach, Torey Lovullo as bench coach, Arnie Beyeler as first base coach and Brian Butterfield as third base coach.