A Conversation with Brewers Hitting Coordinator Brenton Del Chiaro Down on the Farm: can you talk about your background and how you got into coaching? Del Chiaro: It’s an interesting story. I was playing in AAA in 2007, which was the last year that I played, and I had a unique opportunity to retire as a player and go to the big leagues to be a bullpen catcher. I was pretty much a backup my whole career so I saw this as probably the only opportunity I was going to get to make it to the big leagues. About a month and a half into the season I joined the big league club in Anaheim and became the bullpen catcher. After that season, I expressed my interest in getting into coaching. I was fortunate enough that were two hitting coach positions available in the Angels minor league system. I interviewed for it and in 2008 I became the hitting coach at our Rookie ball level in Orem, Utah. Unfortunately that league no longer exists, but that’s where I started. I played seven years of minor league baseball for the Angels and then coached nine seasons with the Angels. My last year being 2016. Then I spent the last six years with the Brewers, the first four years as the AZL Rookie hitting coach. I lived in Arizona, which provided me the opportunity to be at home with my son, who at the time was just one year old. I had done enough traveling, so at the time I wanted to stay at home and be a dad and a coach. I had that opportunity, which I'm super thankful for. Then I became the assistant hitting coordinator for two years and now I’m the hitting coordinator for the Brewers.
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