After the Brewers decided to not bring back Andy Haines as the hitting coach, there was lots of speculation over who would get the position. The Brewers recently announced that they will hire two coaches to fill the position. Ozzie Timmons and Connor Dawson are the newly appointed co-hitting coaches.
Timmons is a 51 year old who most recently served as the Tampa Bay Rays assistant hitting coach and first base coach from 2017 to 2021. Prior to 2017, he was in the Rays’ minor league system as a hitting coach dating all the way back to 2007.
As a former player for 16 seasons, Timmons can more easily relate to what baseball players go through as hitters. He additionally is a person who loves to have fun and brings a lot of energy. A popular example of this is every time the Rays scored a run, he would do 10 pushups in the dugout.
At just 28 years old, Dawson is viewed as a rising star. While he never played professional baseball, he is known to be very passionate, hardworking, and open-minded. His biggest strength is his ability to utilize analytics and effectively incorporate the important information to hitters.
Dawson will be leaving the Seattle Mariners organization. He had been with the organization since 2019 and had most recently worked his way up to being the minor league hitting coordinator. Prior to being with the Mariners, he was a hitting coach at a community college in Iowa.
How Will These Two Work Together?
Communication will be key for both Timmons and Dawson. One reason why the Brewers elected to go with co-hitting coaches is due to the amount of information available. The evolution of data tracking plays a big role in this. Both Timmons and Dawson will have to be on the same page when working with players.
The concept of having more minds analyzing data and voicing opinions could be a good thing. It also could confuse players if the coaches are not on the same page. Hopefully these two coaches can work well together and get the Brewers offense rolling!