Originally Posted by Sea Ray
Rarely are good players good managers. I was just commenting on Brook's approach as a hitter while playing for the Indians in the 80s.
You could make a case that Jacoby was a better major leaguer than Rettenmund. The issue to me was approach. To hit 32 HRs and knock in 69 you're not doing a lot of situational hitting. That doesn't impress me as taking good ABs or getting many clutch hits.
I saw a lot of Indians games back then and Jacoby was not an impressive player. In fact I'd go so far as to say he was overrated as a lot of Indians were back then (Corey Snider, Andre Thornton, Doug Jones)
But maybe he understood the approach, but just didn't possess the abilty to carry it out to any great degree of success (i.e. talent).
Coaching is alot more about the attaining, and then sharing, of knowledge, more then personal execution. And from that knowledge
having the communication skills in making observations
, evaluations, and then recommendations.
Playing and coaching are two very different aspects of the game. Being good at one does not necessarily translate into success in the other.
Dave Duncan is probably the best pitching coach in MLB. Yet he was a catcher, not a pitcher, and a sub-par player at that. In 11 seasons, he accumulated a .214 BA .279 OB% .357 SLG% .636 OPS