Wild Things hire former major-league catcher as hitting coach

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The Washington Wild Things have hired former major league catcher Bob Didier as its new hitting coach.


Didier, 64, spent six seasons in the major leagues a player and five years as a coach in the majors. He also managed in the minor leagues, including several stints at the Class AAA level.


Didier was a fourth-round draft pick in 1967 and broke into the majors as a 20-year-old, playing 117 games with the Atlanta Braves. He spent four seasons with the Braves before joining the Detroit Tigers in 1973 and Boston Red Sox in 1974. Didier played in 247 career games in the majors.


After his playing career ended because of a series of injuries, Didier entered the coaching ranks. He was on the Oakland Athletics’ major-league coaching staff (1984-86) and was the third-base coach of the Seattle Mariners (1989-90). He also managed at Class AAA for Atlanta, Houston and Toronto.


Most recently, Didier was a manager in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ system.


“We are really excited about the addition of Bob Didier to our staff,” Wild Things manager Bart Zeller said. “Bob will work with the hitters and has a very successful history of working with hitters at all levels. He comes to us with a high level of energy and I’m sure our players will enjoy working with him.”


The Wild Things have three members of the coaching staff under contract for the 2014 season: Zeller, Didier and Bob Bozutto.


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