According to Marc Topkin, Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton has been chosen to coach a group of Major League Baseball All-Stars as they tour Taiwan next month.
This of course raises several questions. The first few come from the audience (via Michael Ryan on Twitter)…
What the. How did he even… what.. WHY????
Michael, these are all very good questions. Let’s speculate:
- Maybe it is a form of punishment
- Maybe Stuart Sternberg is scouting possible sites to move the Rays
- Maybe Andrew Friedman is looking for Manny Ramirez
- Or maybe the other 29 hitting coaches in MLB just said “no.”
But maybe the biggest question is: why does an MLB All-Star team need a hitting coach? We have long said that hitting coach might be the most overrated coaching position in sports. Hitting coaches don’t turn bad hitters into good hitters. Occasionally, a hitting coach might help a good hitter out of slump if the mechanics have gone haywire. But that’s about it.
But in the meantime, maybe we can just hope he learns something from the all-stars.