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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Rockies’ Dexter Fowler having a breakout season with stunning power - The Denver Post

A guy who hits 20 home runs in Colorado is not a home run hitter. Fowler shouldn’t get caught up in his recent home run spree.

“He’s absolutely a guy who could hit 20 home runs. I thought that the first time I saw him hit the ball in spring training. Just the distance of his hits in BP,” said Bichette, in his first year as Rockies hitting coach. “He had a good year last year, got that under his belt, and now he’s ready to really take off. He has all the tools to be a tremendous player. He wants to mash and has the freedom to be the guy. And you know me. I like that guy.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2013 at 09:07 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: April 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM (#4421000)
Dante Bichette is a hitting coach?

"OK, when the ball is thrown, I don't really care if it's a strike or not...just close your eyes and swing hard.

"Tomorrow, we'll practice how to do an emphatic drop of the bat when you go yard. Real bad ass, Jeffrey Leonard-style."
   2. Rough Carrigan Posted: April 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM (#4421018)
My memories of Dante Bichette are his days with the Red Sox. I would expect him to teach being overweight and hitting ineffectually.
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM (#4421069)
Bichette always wears a ski cap in the dugout rather than a baseball cap. It looks kind of silly.
   4. NJ in DC (Now with Wife!) Posted: April 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM (#4421097)
Not sure if you guys are aware, but his son is actually a 3B prospect for the Yankees in A-ball.
   5. DA Baracus Posted: April 21, 2013 at 01:02 PM (#4421112)
Dante Bichette is a hitting coach?


And Vinny Castilla is a coach too. It's a mid 90s reunion in the dugout.
   6. aberg Posted: April 21, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4421195)
It's appropriate that Bichette is the hitting coach and not the walking coach.
   7. valuearbitrageur Posted: April 21, 2013 at 02:23 PM (#4421227)
He's on pace for career lows in doubles and triples. What does that say about his new found power?
   8. puck Posted: April 21, 2013 at 02:44 PM (#4421271)
He's on pace for career lows in doubles and triples. What does that say about his new found power?

It would be a fine tradeoff if he could keep hitting 7 HRs every 60 PA. He can totally sustain his 30.4% HR/FB percentage, right?
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 21, 2013 at 03:33 PM (#4421340)
Now that we're all done hardy-har-har-ing over the notion of Dante Bichette as a hitting coach, it's worth noting that the Rockies' walk percentage is up this year, to 9.8 percent as opposed to 7.3 percent in 2012, while their K percentage has dropped from 19.6 percent to 18.5 percent. Bichette always had a very poor K/W ratio, but he also read "The Science of Hitting" every year before spring training. He often talks up the Ted Williams theories of hitting and the importance of waiting for a good pitch to hit. He just wasn't able to do it himself.

Whether he'll be a good hitting coach in the long run, I have no idea. But I don't think Bichette's plate approach as a hitter disqualifies him any more than Charlie Lau's poor major league hitting record disqualified him.
   10. Steve Treder Posted: April 21, 2013 at 04:23 PM (#4421407)
Whether he'll be a good hitting coach in the long run, I have no idea. But I don't think Bichette's plate approach as a hitter disqualifies him any more than Charlie Lau's poor major league hitting record disqualified him.

Yeah, it seems only hitting coaches ever get this treatment. Nobody seems to give a rip that, you know, Leo Mazzone wasn't exactly a great pitcher in his day. Neither, as I recall, was Dave Duncan.

Playing a sport isn't the same thing as coaching it. This really shouldn't need to be pointed out.
   11. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 21, 2013 at 04:55 PM (#4421459)
Bill Robinson had poor K/W ratios as a hitter, yet was highly regarded as a batting instructor for many years.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: April 21, 2013 at 05:09 PM (#4421474)
#10 and #11 -- you guys are no fun.

And when Jose Lima is named a pitching coach, I'm pretty sure we'll give him some ribbing.
   13. Jick Posted: April 21, 2013 at 05:16 PM (#4421480)
12 - Maybe, but he'll be a pretty boring interview.
   14. Jick Posted: April 21, 2013 at 05:23 PM (#4421484)
Although your main point that he probably shouldn't be hired certainly stands.
   15. Publius Publicola Posted: April 21, 2013 at 06:15 PM (#4421517)
Playing a sport isn't the same thing as coaching it. This really shouldn't need to be pointed out.


I agree. Or at least I agree until Shea Hillenbrand is given a job as a hitting coach.
   16. TDF, situational idiot Posted: April 21, 2013 at 06:32 PM (#4421526)
And when Jose Lima is named a pitching coach, I'm pretty sure we'll give him some ribbing.

Maybe, but he'll be a pretty boring interview.
No kidding.
   17. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 21, 2013 at 06:33 PM (#4421527)
Yeah, it seems only hitting coaches ever get this treatment. Nobody seems to give a rip that, you know, Leo Mazzone wasn't exactly a great pitcher in his day. Neither, as I recall, was Dave Duncan.

I think Bichette is more in the Mark McGwire category, where the criticism is the exact opposite of that. More like "This guy was a great hitter because of his innate ability to hit the ball 900 feet. How's he going to coach hitters who can't do that?"

Are there any hitting coaches who as pitchers were reputed to be getting results purely on one unhittable pitch, rather than strategy or guile?
   18. Walt Davis Posted: April 21, 2013 at 07:05 PM (#4421547)
RIP Jose Lima. That one didn't sink in, sorry.

How about Glendon Rusch then.
   19. Greg K Posted: April 21, 2013 at 07:13 PM (#4421551)
I assume Dante Bichette's son got drafted. I was reading my Baseball Prospectus the other day and saw an entry for Dante Bichette.

Unless he's making a comeback...
   20. Greg K Posted: April 21, 2013 at 07:19 PM (#4421554)
RIP Jose Lima. That one didn't sink in, sorry.

Jose Lima died?

3 years ago?

How did I not hear of this?
   21. Justin T is planting accountability seeds Posted: April 21, 2013 at 07:24 PM (#4421557)
A couple weeks ago at my first ballgame of the year here in Little Rock, I informed my friend of the mind blowing fact that Mike Hampton is the local nine's pitching coach. Nothing to do with his ability as a pitcher but just that you don't see many über-millionaires volunteering to ride buses in the Texas League. But this resulted in a discussion where the friend somehow invoked how random it would be if Jose Lima was a pitching coach. And I had to break the news to him. Strange for it to come up here again.

   22. puck Posted: April 21, 2013 at 07:37 PM (#4421567)
Are there any hitting coaches who as pitchers were reputed to be getting results purely on one unhittable pitch, rather than strategy or guile?

I assume you mean pitching coaches, otherwise this is a pretty hard question to answer.

Dave Righetti had pretty good stuff.
   23. Perry Posted: April 21, 2013 at 07:41 PM (#4421569)
Four of Fowler's 7 homers this year have come on the road -- 2 in Milwaukee and 2 in San Diego.
   24. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM (#4424442)
   25. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM (#4425515)
Dave Duncan was such a bad pitcher that he was a catcher.
   26. Styles P. Deadball Posted: April 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM (#4425520)
Jose Lima and family


I was hoping it would be that picture.

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