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The Giants hire a hitting coach who couldn't hit

Nov 3, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

A lot of people attacked the Cardinals last week for hiring a hitting coach with nearly 600 career home runs by complaining about that coach’s career .263 average. What, then, will they have to say about the Giants’ new hitting coach, former Yankees can’t-miss prospect Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens? Meulens career line: .220/.288/.353. I still have a vivid memory of watching Meulens on his fourth and fifth go-around with the Columbus Clippers back when I was in college and had nothing better to do than to go to ballgames.  They still treated Meulens like a prospect then, but it was super apparent by that point that he was going nowhere fast.

Of course, one need not have been a great hitter to be a good hitting coach. One simply need to know a thing or two about hitting and be able to communicate it effectively. The Giants think Meulens is that guy. Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t, but given how poor their hitting has been in recent years he can’t really hurt, can he?

  1. Mo Green - Nov 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Players who were good at their sport usually don’t make the best coaches. Is this what things have come to? Anyone who is going to write the kind of harebrained idiocy that the Cards endured over hiring Big Mac should at least attempt to demonstrate some sort of correlation between performance as a player and performance as a coach.
    I’ll give you a hint – there is one, but it’s a negative correlation.

  2. cosmic charlie - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    You can’t make generalizations like that. For every Rudy Jaramillo, there’s a Don Mattingly.
    I don’t know how McGwire will fare, but he has many people in baseball (including Cardinal free agent Matt Holliday) convinced:

  3. Old Gator - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    After a hundred and fifty odd years of pitching coaches who couldn’t pitch, first and third base coaches who couldn’t do [i]anything[/i], and bullpen coaches who couldn’t breed, why should it matter that hitting coaches couldn’t hit?

  4. Shely - Nov 3, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Well, it is San Fran Sissysco. So I suppose anyone can try. Lets not judge anyone on his accomplishments or lack thereof. It may give him a hard time when he grows up. We don’t need to include everyone and not to judge.

  5. frank Pepe - Nov 3, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    did they know gene tenace was available?

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