Miami Marlins hire James Rowson as Bench Coach

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 03: Hitting coach James Rowson #82 of the Minnesota Twins looks on against the Oakland Athletics on July 3, 2019 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Twins defeated the Athletics 4-3. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 03: Hitting coach James Rowson #82 of the Minnesota Twins looks on against the Oakland Athletics on July 3, 2019 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Twins defeated the Athletics 4-3. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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The Miami Marlins have hired James Rowson as their bench coach after Tim Wallach resigned last season. Rowson recently served as the Twins hitting coach.

The Miami Marlins have reportedly hired James Rowson as their bench coach under returning manager Don Mattingly. Rowson most recently was the Twins’ hitting coach last season, when the Twins set a major-league high in home runs in 2019.

The 43-year-old coach has eighteen years of major-league coaching experience under his belt.

Since Rowson joined the Minnesota Twins as their hitting coach in 2017, the team has finished with a collective batting average over .250 over the three seasons.

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In 2019, the Twins set a record when they hit 307 home runs. In the 2018 season, the team hit 704 home runs. It’s safe to say that the coach has made a pretty impressive impact on the Twins team.

Rowson will be replacing Tim Wallach as the bench coach. Wallach resigned as bench coach at the end of last season, citing he wanted to be closer to his family in California. He had held the position since 2016.

It’s no shock to say that the Marlins offense, or team in general, could use a lot of work and James Rowson could potentially provide the spark that the offense desperately needs. In 2019, the Marlins offense struck out 1,469 times and posted a .241 batting average as a team. They allowed 146 home runs.

James Rowson has the track record to turn a team around in his first year of joining the club. In his first season with the Twins, the club scored 815 runs, the fourth most in club history; and hit 206 home runs, the third-most in club history.

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It might be difficult for Rowson to transition from a hitting coach role, but he seems like he is up for it. Aside from being the Marlins bench coach, he also is tagged with the role of offensive coordinator – according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.