By Alex Pavlovic (NBC Bay Area)/Photo by John Vanocini
SAN FRANCISCO -- It turns out there's a pretty good reason why the Giants have waited so long to announce a new hitting coach. Their choice has been pretty busy.
The Giants plan to announce Alonzo Powell as their next hitting coach, a source confirmed Wednesday night. Powell is currently serving as the assistant hitting coach for the Houston Astros, so the organization has been waiting for the World Series to end. Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston first reported that Powell is the Giants' choice.
Powell, 52, was born in San Francisco and is a graduate of Lincoln High. He was drafted by the Giants before spending parts of two seasons in the big leagues with the Expos and Mariners.
Additional CCSF Notes on Alonzo Powell
Powell attended CCSF in 1982. In 1983, the San Francisco Giants signed him as a non-drafted free agent outfielder. From there, he spent time in the Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Colorado Rockies systems. He reached the majors with the Expos (1987) and the Mariners (1991). He then left the United States to continue his playing career in Japan in the Japanese League. He played with the Chunichi Dragons (1992-1997) and Hanshin Tigers (1998). He won three consecutive batting championships from 1994 to 1996.