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New White Sox bench coach ready to go tit-for-tat

Jan 29, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

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Obviously more interested in fan approval than league approval, new White Sox bench coach Mark Parent, a former major league catcher, said his team will seek revenge for hit batters this season, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“You hit our guy, we’ll hit your guy,” he told the gathered crowd, earning him some scattered applause at SoxFest.

The White Sox were hit a major league-high 84 times last season, while they themselves hit just 44 batters on the year. However, a big part of the separation was due to Carlos Quentin‘s presence. Quentin led the AL with 23 HBPs in just 118 games last season, and he’s at 97 in 616 games lifetime. Since he’s been shipped off to San Diego, the White Sox’s HBP totals are sure to fall in 2012, regardless of what kind of policies the coaching staff has in mind.

For what it’s worth, Parent may not realize that a batter often has as much to do with the HBP as the pitcher. The longtime backup was hit by pitches just twice in 13 major league seasons.

  1. natsattack - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Adam Dunn will be hit more than he hits.

  2. Gordon - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Ugh…sounds like he’s trying to fill the void Ozzie left. Just focus on getting the bums to hit again (Dunn, Rios, Beckham).

    • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      The best way to fill the void that Slobbering Ozzie left would be to position a Porta-san™ over it.

  3. gatorays - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    i bet this guy will be one of the last guys out of the dugout when the $hit hits the fan. then stand behind 3 Sox saying hold me back.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      Parent is a big guy. Like 6’4″ and 230. He was known as a tough guy and an enforcer when he played.

      Not being a great player doesn’t make someone a wimp.

  4. Mark - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    You missed the most obvious one of all.

    “He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way!

    • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      Just like a honky, to bring a mouth to a hardball fight.

  5. humanexcrement - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    Since when was tat so valuable that it could be exchanged for tits at a one-to-one exchange rate?

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:41 AM

      Good question. Most of us place a very high value on tits.

      • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        Ah, but in Canada tits are merely gold to beaver’s platinum.

      • paperlions - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        I thought they were just small granivorous birds

  6. paperlions - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Yep, that’s what baseball needs: more coaches that think telling players to purposefully throw at the opposition is a good idea. Here’s an idea, instead of blaming the opposing pitcher when your guys get hit….try to get your hitters to not hang out over the plate and to…you know….try to get out of the way when a ball is thrown inside.

    It is high time MLB started enforcing the HBP rule properly (i.e. as it is written), if the hitter makes no attempt to get out of the way of the ball, then he shouldn’t get a base….especially on pitches that were only a couple inches from being a strike.

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