Sunday, December 23, 2012

The second hitting coach

Well, you can learn something every day. In this case, it's that having a second hitting coach has become more and more popular, per a pretty good ESPN story by Anna McDonald. She makes a good point --

This offseason, nine teams -- the Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox, Phillies, Royals, Rays, Pirates and Reds -- have added a second hitting coach. Several other teams are thinking about hiring an assistant hitting coach before spring training. Before this offseason, only five teams -- the Cardinals, Giants, Padres, Tigers and Braves -- employed an assistant hitting coach. Before this offseason, only five teams -- the Cardinals, Giants, Padres, Tigers and Braves -- employed an assistant hitting coach.

The Giants' assistant hitting coach is a familiar name -- Joe Lefebvre. 

The Dodgers hired John Valentin, who was a pretty fine infielder for the Bosox during the 1990s. 

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