Many (myself included) believe that the hitting coach in Major League Baseball is one of the most overrated coaching jobs in sports. And if that is true, what would that make an assistant hitting coach? Well, we may soon find out (via TampaBay.com)…
Rays officials are giving serious consideration to joining the growing number of teams that have hired a second, or assistant, hitting coach…”We’ve had a lot of conversations about it since the end of the season and are continuing to discuss it,” executive VP Andrew Friedman said Friday.
Hitting coaches are not going to turn a bad hitter into Miguel Cabrera. And they aren’t going to keep a good player from slumping.
The issue here is a matter of information, and the growing amount of it available to teams. So in the end, we are probably talking about a “coach” whose main function will be digging through and organizing the information so that Derek Shelton won’t have to.