Originally Posted by klw
One reason could be that pitching coaches are visible. We see them going out to the mound to talk to pitchers, this gives them screen time and notoriety. We never see a hitting coach go out to T Frazier after he swings at a first pitch in the dirt to give him stategy.
I think that's a major reason why hitting coaches - save for Charlie Lau - don't get a lot of publicity. The reality is that for all the criticism of Jacoby, when you ask most of those people who they would replace him with you get a blank stare or something like, "Uhhh...Eric Davis?" ED may be a fantastic hitting coach but all he's worked with so far are minor leaguers. For most of us, we really don't know who could be a much better replacement. CAn a hitting coach really improve a batter? Could he make Zach Cozart into Troy Tulowitzski? Could he make Billy Hamilton into Rickey Henderson?