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Hitting coach Don Baylor leaving Diamondbacks for Angels

Oct 16, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Arizona made some changes to manager Kirk Gibson’s coaching staff, but the Diamondbacks wanted to keep hitting coach Don Baylor. However, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Baylor has decided to leave and take the same job with the Angels.

Assistant hitting coach Turner Ward seems like a decent bet to be promoted to the main gig in place of Baylor, who managed current Angels general manager (and former big-league reliever) Jerry Dipoto with the Rockies in the 1990s.

Baylor also spent six seasons with the Angels as a player in the 1970s and 1980s, including winning the AL MVP in 1979 by hitting .296 with 36 homers and a league-leading 139 RBIs.

  1. jarathen - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Phoenix is too gritty. Stuff gets in your eyes. Not like LA. Of A.

    Now to depose Mike Butcher.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Well I guess they’ll give Wally Joyner a call.

  3. zzalapski - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Baylor is 4th all-time in HBP (267). How are the D-backs going to replace grit like that?

    • Old Gator - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      They could have a dust storm.

  4. echech88 - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    No idea how Baylor will work out but at least they didn’t just promote one of Scioscia’s minor league minions again.

    Nobody seems to connect the dots that the Angels fell off a cliff when Maddon, Bud Black and Roenicke left to manage other clubs in a short span. Scioscia always gets the credit for being great but in all likelihood just benefited from an extremely strong supporting cast.

    • km9000 - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      I thought the sentiment was that Eppard wasn’t really a “Scioscia guy,” and before him, the only hitting coach was Hatcher. Sosh’s new BFF Butcher was brought in from Tampa.

    • crackersnap - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      Actually, nearly EVERY serious LAA fan connects those particular dots. And the lines between them have been getting etched deeper and deeper each of these past 4 seasons.

  5. cohnjusack - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    including winning the AL MVP in 1979 by hitting .296 with 36 homers and a league-leading 139 RBIs.

    Absolutely one of the most awful MVP choices of all time.
    Baylor: 36 HR, 139 RBI, .296/.371/.530
    Fred Lynn: 39 HR, 122 RBI, .333/.423/.637

    Lynn finished friggin’ 5th that year.

    • grumpyoleman - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Lynn finished 4th and Rice 5th that year. I’m guessing they each got lower vote totals by people trying to decide which of those Red Sox was most valuable.

    • tuberippin - Oct 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Fred Lynn split the vote with Jim Rice, which is how Don Baylor ended up with the MVP that year. Happens fairly frequently when a team has two or more players with very strong arguments for MVP.

  6. km9000 - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Interesting that Baylor was once a manager in his own right. I wonder if he’ll ever give some outside perspective, or if Sosh makes sure he does nothing more than soft-toss drills.

    • nsauser - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      Well, judging by his tenure in AZ I doubt he offers any guidance. Or it’s not very well received. It amazes me how bad the Dbacks were with in-game situations and managing their pitching staff.

  7. hildezero - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    The D-backs coaching staff is gonna be interesting next season. I can’t wait…

  8. halohonk - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Angels new pitching coach is already on the payroll. How bout Mark Langston. Hes in the radio booth n knows a thing or two about pitching.

    • jarathen - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      My thoughts EXACTLY. He’s such a massive improvement over Mota in the booth and really understands pitch sequencing and approach.

  9. Donn - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Welcome Don Baylor, the next Angel’s manager!

  10. grumpyoleman - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Grit jokes stopped being funny long ago

    • jarathen - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      You just lack the will to tough out a joke clogging the bases instead of delivering in clutch situations.

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