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Griffin: Jays manager John Farrell wants Chad Mottola as associate batting coach

he future of the position has already been shaped in places like St. Louis where for years the Cardinals have listed an associate hitting coach to go along with their primary batting coach. Other teams have copied the concept without handing out an official title, but if Jays’ manager John Farrell had his way, the Jays in 2013, would keep AAA-Las Vegas hitting coach Chad Mottola at the major league level to work with Dwayne Murphy on a daily basis . . . even if it helped one major-league hitter.

“We’ve talked about it internally,” Farrell admitted. “We’ve talked about how the structure would work. The fact, if this were to play out, the people involved (Murphy and Mottola) have a rapport, they have a relationship already from the major leagues to the Triple-A staff, spring training and the familiarity with one another. That’s paramount, because the message can’t be conflicting and yet everybody has individual strengths and in some cases, they complement one another.”

...Farrell sees an additional view not as an intrusion on the batting coach’s territory, but instead likens it to the situation with the bullpen and pitching coaches on the other end of the spectrum.

“You’ve got 13 position players, normally, for one guy,” Farrell said. “There’s (already) a lot of cross-conversation with other coaches, myself, things that we’re seeing with Murph about individual players and yet that job is never done because while two or three guys may be going well, there’s two or three others that are probably not going well. That’s just how things flow, as we’ve all seen.

Thanks to JJ

Repoz Posted: September 10, 2012 at 04:31 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Matthew E Posted: September 10, 2012 at 04:54 PM (#4231939)
“You’ve got 13 position players, normally, for one guy,” Farrell said.


Of course, Farrell's normal solution to that is to reduce it to ten or eleven position players for one coach.
   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 10, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4231944)

Chad Mottola - now there's a name I haven't heard in 15 years.
   3. Boileryard Posted: September 10, 2012 at 05:02 PM (#4231947)
Of course, Farrell's normal solution to that is to reduce it to ten or eleven position players for one coach.

...with the 10th and 11th guys being so utterly hopeless offensively that there would be no point in the hitting coach even spending time with them.
   4. Greg K Posted: September 10, 2012 at 05:05 PM (#4231949)
an associate hitting coach to go along with their primary batting coach.

Does anyone have slightly different definitions for these two words?

I seem to recall that in Baseball Stars ratings one indicated contact and one indicated power. I don't recall which was which.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: September 10, 2012 at 05:11 PM (#4231957)
Chad Mottola - now there's a name I haven't heard in 15 years.


What about Tommy Mottola?
   6. Walt Davis Posted: September 10, 2012 at 05:35 PM (#4231977)
My dream of one day being Traveling Assistant Bullpen Coach lives on!
   7. RJ in TO Posted: September 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM (#4232033)
I greatly look forward to the Jays trading Farrell to Boston in the offseason.
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 10, 2012 at 07:12 PM (#4232037)
What about Hanno Möttölä?
   9. John DiFool2 Posted: September 10, 2012 at 08:25 PM (#4232078)
Chad Mottola - now there's a name I haven't heard in 15 years.


About 10 years ago I ran about ten seasons in Baseball Mogul, and Mottola was one of my cheap pickups.

Despite hitting over 400 home runs in the heart of the order for a 5-championship dynasty, the bastards didn't elect him to the BBM Hall of Fame...
   10. steagles Posted: September 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM (#4232188)
“You’ve got 13 position players, normally, for one guy,” Farrell said.
i'm just wondering, but shouldn't the first and third base coaches have some responsibilities w/r/t coaching hitting? or maybe the bench coach? or even the bullpen catcher?

that's just a thought.
   11. steagles Posted: September 11, 2012 at 12:03 AM (#4232194)
oh, and since this is a thread that is nominally about canadia, during tonight's episode of monday night raw (live from montreal), jerry lawler collapsed and had to carried backstage (while apparently being unconscious) following a tag match he had against cm punk and dolph ziggler.


considering the stroke that 60+ year old rickie steamboat had following a match in the not too distant past, and the in-ring death of mitsuharo mizawa (admittedly, in japan), maybe it would be a good idea if the WWE would reconsider having currently active wrestlers beating up geriatric retirees.

that should probably apply to hulk hogan as well.


and would anyone at all be surprised if ric flair died in a ring on live TV?
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 11, 2012 at 12:52 AM (#4232228)
I greatly look forward to the Jays trading Farrell to Boston in the offseason.

So, what does it cost to obtain another team's manager, a divisional rival even?
   13. Walt Davis Posted: September 11, 2012 at 02:09 AM (#4232269)
So, what does it cost to obtain another team's manager

Randy Winn or Manny Sanguillen. Well, probably younger versions in this case. I don't think you could even get Manny Acta for Sanguillen at this point.
   14. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 11, 2012 at 08:43 AM (#4232336)
When does Dwayne Murphy get a managing job? Baseball genius! I'm not even being snarky. I love Dwayne Murphy.
   15. Rants Mulliniks Posted: September 11, 2012 at 08:49 AM (#4232340)
I can't argue with Dwayne Murphy approach. It hasn't worked for all of the players on their roster (Lind, Lawrie come to mind) but it certainly has for Encarnacion, Bautista and Davis.

I don't really care what the Jays do with Farrell. I can't see him not going to Boston, whether its this off season or after his contract expires after next. The Jays aren't going to win anything next year, so they might as well get something in trade.
   16. toratoratora Posted: September 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM (#4232427)
So, what does it cost to obtain another team's manager, a divisional rival even?


How bout Pawtucket's version of Chris Carpenter?
He was good enough to trade for Theo.

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