Is in his first season as the D-backs' assistant hitting coach after spending 2018 as the hitting coach for the Angels ... Spent 4 seasons on the Cubs' Major League coaching staff, first as the first base coach in 2014 and then as the assistant hitting coach from 2015-17 ... during his tenure as assistant hitting coach, the Cubs led the NL with a .334 on-base pct., ranked second in runs (2,319) and fourth in home runs (593).
Hit .249 with 240 doubles, 137 home runs and 522 RBI in 1,387 games over 12 Major League seasons with the Blue Jays (2002-06), Red Sox (2006-07), Rays (2008), Pirates (2009), Yankees (2009), Braves (2010-12) & D-backs (2013) ... Played 52 games for the D-backs in his final Major League season in 2013, hitting .173 with 1 home run and 6 RBI ... Named the 2002 AL Rookie of the Year after hitting .279 with 38 doubles, 24 home runs and 84 RBI for the Blue Jays ... Selected by the Cubs in the 17th round of the 1998 draft ... Won a pair of World Series championships as a player with the Red Sox (2007) and the Yankees (2009) ... also reached the Fall Classic with the Rays in 2008, making him 1 of 2 players all-time to reach the World Series in 3 consecutive seasons with different teams (also: Don Baylor, 1986-88) [source: Elias Sports Bureau] ... Additionally, won a World Series title as the assistant hitting coach with the Cubs in 2016.
Married to Kathryn ... has 3 children: Ava, Dylan and A.J. ... Is from Menasha, Wisc., a town located 37 miles southwest of Green Bay ... Has a tattoo incorporating Japanese iconography that completely covers his back…the tattoo took between 18-20 sittings that spanned 45 hours over 2 off seasons to complete ... Attended the University of Arkansas…hit .365 with 27 doubles, 9 home runs 71 RBI and 19 stolen bases as a junior in 1998.