Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hasta la vista, Carney

The SF Chronicle's Henry Schulman is reporting that Carney Lansford has been fired as the Giants hitting coach -- a well-deserved dismissal. He is obviously the fall guy for the incompetence of Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy, but I am glad to see him go. He was the coach for two years and it never looked as if anyone other than Pablo Sandoval was improving.
Grant at McCovey Chronicles has this tidbit about Bowker and Meulens -- "We wanted him to be somewhat more patient at the plate, and somewhat less aggressive on balls out of the zone, and he’s done a great job." – Hensley Meulens, Fresno Grizzlies hitting coach,on John Bowker
Bowker in 2007: 41 walks in 587 plate appearances. Bowker in 2008: 26 walks in 452 plate appearances. Bowker after working with Meulens in 2009: 78 walks in 523 plate appearances. Sold. Here’s a three-year deal, Hensley.
I don’t have any other ideas or suggestions for the spot, so I’ll be thrilled with Meulens. Can’t hurt. Heck, that’s the first time I’ve ever seen a Giants farmhand significantly improve his plate discipline.


Anonymous Walter Guest said...

I don't think Lansford even believed in plate discipline. From the quotes I've heard, he had little understanding of it.

12:37 AM  

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