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McGwire to blame for Holliday's slow start?

Nov 15, 2009, 11:23 AM EST

Thumbnail image for holliday_090827.jpgSome have speculated that Matt Holliday’s
relationship with new hitting coach Mark McGwire might be one of the
selling points to keep him in St. Louis. Well, think again.




In an interview with Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, agent Scott Boras attributed Holliday’s early season struggles to swing changes McGwire had made during offseason coaching sessions.



“After five weeks [Holliday] went back to his old stance,” Boras said.
“From that point on, he was the same player he always has been.”




Coincidence or not, Holliday batted
just .226/.282/.383 with four home runs, 20 RBI and a .665 OPS over the
first 28 games of the season with Oakland. He hit .335/.419/.547 with 20 homers, 89
RBI and a .967 OPS from that day forward.




For all the concern about Holliday’s
home/road splits, it’s worth noting that he batted .377/.442/.667 with
nine home runs, 35 RBI and a 1.119 OPS at Busch Stadium, a place that
was one of the toughest stadiums for a right-handed hitter during the 2009 season, according to the newest Bill James Handbook.
Even tougher than Citi Field, a supposed “death valley for right-handed hitters.”




Boras might be using McGwire’s
adjustments as a bit of a scapegoat here, but it’s clear that Holliday
can be a productive hitter just about anywhere.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 15, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Sure, and there’s some evidence that McGwire’s batting philosophy is also responsible for the disastrous series of earthquakes in northern Turkey a few years ago, that his congressional testimony retroactively caused the mutation of SIV into HIVB, that his subsequent silence may have influenced the trajectory of the cretaceous-tertiary metorite, and that plutonium would be a far more stable element if he would only come clean about his use of steroids.
    Give it a rest, Boras. Nobody really takes you seriously anymore anyhow.

  2. Spice - Nov 15, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    The scary thing is that some GM’s and owners might take McGwire seriously.
    I just don’t understand what makes McGwire qualified to be a hitting coach. The guy had one skill: sit on the back leg and swing from the heels.

  3. awineguy - Nov 15, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Yeah, that’s why he had 7 seasons with an OBP over .400 and a career OPS+ of 162, ’cause all he did was sit on the back leg and swing from the heels.

  4. Thrill22 - Nov 15, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    No, that would be the PEDs.

  5. Stephen - Nov 15, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Because PEDs increases your ability to take pitches?

  6. willmose - Nov 16, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Why are steriods and HGH called PEDs? How the heck do they enhance performance? Steriods in combination with intensive weight training make you big and stronger. HGH makes you bigger. How is that performance enhancing? Following that logic Shaq should be the greatest MLB player on the planet. Amphetamines and cocaine are PEDs, they speed up your reflexes. Cocaine abusers, late 70s Pirates and the Mets of 80s. Everybody used amphetamines from the early 50s until about three years ago (even now over 10% of MLB players use amphetamines for “medical” reasons). Another question why aren’t all those players that used steriods and HGH still hitting HRs? Fact when you stop using HGH, don’t suddenly shrink. The muscles from steriods don’t disappear unless stop the intensive weight training. I am not in denial, I just don’t understand. Next someone is going to tell me that the number of HRs hit in Denver dropped because no one who ever used steriods played a game there.

  7. mikemfla - Nov 16, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    The difference is pretty simple. no player needs to risk damage to his body in order to compete with players that have less regard for their own bodies than they do. hgh and steroids increase strength and/or recovery time….fact. second…steroids are and were illegal, whereas amphetamines issued by a doctor are/were not. illegal amphetamines do not extend your playing career and were more a result of the lengthy season than to improve performance by changing the structure of your body.
    finally, as this relates to mcgwire, everyone that has admitted using steroids has pretty much moved on while only those players that continue to lie and deny what they did are receiving the attention. fans hate cheating but they hate lying more.

  8. Spice - Nov 16, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    The On Base % is because pitchers wouldn’t pitch to him because the PED’s gave the man muscles like an Ox. He was a user, and a liar. The idea that he could be a hitting coach is laughable. He was a career .263 hitter who struck out almost 1600 times.

  9. babba booey - Nov 16, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Scott Boras is the DEVIL.. why even commentr on comments that he made he is trash the REDSOX and METS
    BABBA BOOEY BABBA BOOEy

  10. riiiiight - Nov 16, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    @mikemfla
    HGH can help the body in many ways.. so that throws your logic out the window.

  11. Kim - Nov 16, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Sounds like maybe Mgwire ain’t as good a coach as he thinks he is. Unless he maybe should tell Holliday that the stance he prescribes only works with Creatine. In which case he would be an excellent hitting coach*.

  12. Old Gator - Nov 16, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing people that he didn’t exist.” ….Keyser Soze

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