Originally Posted by texasdave
Does anyone know if Brooke Jacoby has total autonomy when it comes to the hitters and their approach to hitting? Or is he just implementing Dusty's hitting philosophy? Reds' hitting has not been terrible the last three years. I think that team bias is coming into play when it comes to fans' expectations. This team is not a great offensive machine. When the home runs are flying they can pile up the runs. If the ball stays in the park they struggle to score. They are not as good as their fans's expect them to be. But they aren't bad.
Dave I honestly don't know by way of inside info or anything but I have no doubts myself that Dusty and aggressive swing away hitting are closely linked. I remember last year he emohasized eaiting out Verlander and it was the most disciplined patient hitting I saw all year and it worked. Next night they were hacking away again. My question for Dusty would be "if it works against the best pitcher in the game why not use that approach against all pitchers" and second " if you can insist on patience and discipline and get it for one game why can't you insist on it every day?"