Originally Posted by SteelSD
Sounds to me like the Reds are trying to channel Rudy Jaramillo. He was the BA MLB Coach of the Year in 2005 and Jacoby has been the guy to bring his philosophy to the Rangers' minor league system. Jaramillo returned to the Rangers in early June. Jaramillo has produced a DVD on hitting philosophy. I haven't viewed that and really have no information as to Jaramillo's approach.
That being said, the Rangers had a number of players who went backwards in 2006. Blalock is a shell of his former self. Mark Teixeira didn't progress. Michael Young regressed at age 29. Brad Wilkerson regressed. Mark DeRosa progressed as did Gary Mathews, Jr. But when the core regresses and the fringe players progress, is that actually a hitting coach "win"? I'd suggest not.
The Reds now have a Terry Ryan protege on staff, a Rudy Jaramillo protege on staff, and who knows who the pitching coach protege will be. Chris Chambliss had a history of coaching excellent offenses (including the best NL 2005 offense), but he was let go due to a mid-season trade that robbed his team of a two of their three 90+ Run producers.
Brook Jacoby has a history of exactly nothing at the MLB level, but has earned the trust of Jerry Narron (who has little clue as to how the game should be played). And all in an effort to make a Reds offense that was good before Krivsky screwed it up, better than what Krivsky made it. Problem is that Jacoby hasn't demonstrated the ability to make anyone better at the MLB level.
The Reds' mantra for 2007 should be "We're really trying!"
Unfortunately, I couldn't give half a crap about trying.
Daggoneit, Steel...for as many times as we have disagreed over the years, it seems we're of one mind these days. The more moves the Reds make, the more it seems we go back to that old losing philosophy. Offense was good before Wayne. Offense gets screwed by Wayne. We hire someone to get Wayne's screwed offense straightened out, but we hire someone who hasn't fixed anyone who's screwed up.
Everyone's heart is in the right place, but the moves just don't make sense. Maybe DanO's had the front office so screwed up nobody can play it? You think?
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