Originally Posted by traderumor
That requires a large assumption to be made with respect to how much tangible impact Chambliss had here. But honestly, I'm not real sure how much impact any hitting coach has overall. I'm sure there are a few classic gurus, e.g. Charlie Lau, that made a measurable difference, but I think the typical "successful" big league hitting coach is a babysitter. I think the risk with a hitting coach at the big league level is that he screws a bunch of guys up more than he is going to make a significant positive impact.
Reds 2003: 4.28 Runs per Game
Reds 2004: 4.63 RPG
Reds 2005: 5.03 RPG
Reds 2006: 5.03 RPG (pre-ASB)
Now, regardless of what kind of impact we think Chambliss may have had, one thing is clear- he was the hitting coach while the Reds had a top-notch offense. It's not the first time he was involved in a high-level offense. And considering his track record, I'd suggest that it won't be the last.
Chris Chambliss was fired due to a trade that sent two of three 90+ RC players out of town. There isn't a hitting coach in the world who can overcome that kind of hit to a team's lineup dynamic while also having to work against a manager who doesn't seem to understand how Runs are actually scored and a GM who doesn't seem to understand how making a trade that's destined to be over-under on the Run impact is a bad idea.
Chris Chambliss wasn't fired for his own failings. He was dismissed for the failings of others. That's a pretty good sign that you're headed in the wrong direction. You're a fairly conservative guy, tr. And one thing we both agree on, I'd expect, is that the buck has to stop somewhere. Well, that "somewhere" shouldn't have been at the feet of Chris Chambliss.
And we also agree on the fact that the biggest potential impact from a hitting coach might be his ability to screw folks up. Well, knowing what I know about Jerry Narron's philosophy, I'm a little frightened that the Reds are bringing someone in who better fits the way he thinks.