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Jeff Bagwell explains why he chose not to return as Astros hitting coach

Oct 27, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

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Jeff Bagwell left his special assistant gig in Houston’s front office to take over as the Astros’ hitting coach when Sean Berry was fired at the All-Star break and the offense actually showed some significant improvement in the second half despite trading away Lance Berkman.

However, last week the former MVP turned down a two-year contract offer to remain on the job.

Bagwell plans to stay involved in the organization, perhaps returning to a similar front office role, but told reporters earlier this week that serving as hitting coach took him away from his family too much to continue:

I never got a chance to see my kids. They would get up and go to school at 7:30, and I’d wake up and go to the ballpark at 12 and never see them again. I can’t do that. My decision came down to the time the coaches put in, the effort they put in and my family. I don’t think I was going to be able to give all that kind of stuff for seven months and be away from my family and not be able to see my kids. When you’re playing, you have no idea what goes on in that coaches’ room, and in today’s game, it’s even more, because they have that video room where they’re in there every single second. It was a lot of time and a lot of work.

Chalk his half-season on the job up as another data point for the best players rarely making the best coaches, regardless of the sport.

  1. easports82 - Oct 27, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    While I agree with the notion that being a great player doesn’t translate into being a great coach, the quote doesn’t backup the assertion. Based on what’s cited, Bags is turning it down so he can spend time with his family, which has no bearing on his ability to coach well.

    • docktorellis - Oct 27, 2010 at 2:19 PM

      He lacks true grit! Star players can’t coach because they don’t got the bulldog spirit.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 27, 2010 at 4:19 PM

      Good point. It’s not like he was Eddie Murray.

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