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.
Posted: September 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM | 16 comment(s)
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