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All right... snark aside, how does an "assistant hitting coach" actually work?
Yes, well, making too much contact was quite the problem for the Cubs last year..
July 3, 1995: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Diego Padres.
September 5, 1995: Released by the San Diego Padres.
December 11, 1995: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Diego Padres.
March 27, 1996: Released by the San Diego Padres.
April 15, 1996: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Diego Padres.
Yes, well, making too much contact was quite the problem for the Cubs last year...
Definitely a "Do as I say, not do as I did" man. But then this is the Cubs, so by definition everything's just a big joke.
Dwayne Murphy sure has. He of the .246/.356/.402 career average over 12 years, has been fond of saying things like this:
“I think on-base percentage is an overrated stat. Those guys getting on base, most of them aren’t getting them in. Give me somebody who drives them in after that. I need guys who can drive the ball.”
Where was he the previous two years?
Rob "Mendoza Line" Deer as a hitting coach? To paraphrase Bill James, Rob Deer is to hitting what Thurman Munson was to aviation.
while with the brewers he was often considered the best athlete on the team
sabermetrics is begging for research on hitting coaches; what kind of batters in their MLB career make for coaches who end up with longer tenures? Some simple regression analyses on variables like MLB success (PA, OPS+), type of hitter (power, walks, avg), growth over time (aging curve) might actually show more than the cute snark we luv to toss around here.
but does no one remember the RDFC?
How do you judge their results?
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