Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Quite the observation from Dave at U.S.S. Mariner:

Well, if rumors are true, Don Wakamatsu’s bench coach is going to be the guy who was in charge of the A’s hitting last year, and his pitching coach is going to be the guy who was second in command for the Rangers pitching. The A’s had the worst offense in baseball last year. We’re hiring their hitting coach.The Rangers had the worst run prevention in baseball last year. We’re hiring their bullpen coach.
Dave's point, though, is a good one, and that's that Wakamatsu is not doing the brain-dead thing of hiring people simply because of recent track record. I'm guessing, however, that some newspaper guy will run with that observation and cast it as damning criticism if and when the Mariners are slow getting out of the gate next spring.


Jason @ IIATMS said...

Then all they have is pure upside. What could go wrong!

Craig Calcaterra said...

Right -- you keep them until things regress to the mean, and then can 'em for the Padres' hitting coach and the Tigers' pitching coach.

Anonymous said...


Actually, the A's hitting coach was pretty good. A lot depends on what you have to work with. Also keep in mind the restrictions Beane imposes, on some players these cause a lot of passivity. But overall, the A's approach was good, and for th eplayers who have a shade above league average talent, they did well with the approach.