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Everything you ever wanted to know about bench coaches

Aug 20, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

Bench Coach

The New York Times had a great story about the history and evolution of the bench coach yesterday.  It’s not gonna stop me from always lazily assuming that the bench coach is around to have beers with the manager after the game, but it is going to at least realize that when I do so, I am wrong. Mostly.

Fun anecdotes in there a-plenty, but also a pretty good assessment of what the modern bench coach is really all about:

Bench coaches have more responsibilities than ever. With managers diverted to pregame and postgame news conferences and other demands, they must delegate more. “Bench coaches run spring training and do things like schedule batting practice and stretching before games,” Pettini said.

Baseball’s technological and numbers revolution has also expanded the bench coach’s portfolio to include monitoring scouting reports and statistics.

Being a manager is like having any other high-responsibility, high-pressure job. You gotta have an assistant who can make sure you have the stuff you need when you need it and who, when you’re occupied with something else, can think about the things you’re missing.

I’d still want one that would drink beers with me after the game, of course. Just as long as he could also do that other stuff too.

  1. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Bench coaches are also a big help in identifying the lollygaggers.

  2. mrklutch1011 - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Why is this person a baseball sports writer if they have no idea what goes on in the sport? He thought this was clever but now he’s lost credibility. Serves him right

    • kevinbnyc - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      You lost your credibility when you forgot how to spell “clutch”

    • The Rabbit - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Basic concepts of irony and self deprecating humor are clearly lost on you, but… hey… it’s a baseball blog, no big deal.
      What concerns me is your view of “credibility”. You get to vote. There really needs to be some IQ test for both candidates and voters.

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