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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Royals hitting coach: No reward for swinging for the fences

Is anyone with the Maloof name a sane person?

“There is just no reward here (for us) to try and hit home runs,” Maloof said. “We try to stay down on the ball, be more line-drive oriented, and do more situational hitting at least through the first two or three rounds (at home) here. That’s why I’m not overly concerned because I think we’ll lead the league in fewest home runs again this year. We don’t have a 40-homer guy in the middle of the lineup.

“We’ve got kids. Billy Butler is a doubles machine. No one has told me he is a home run hitting guy. If we try to do it too much, we’ll get ourselves in trouble. Same thing with Alex (Gordon). They’ll hit home runs on the road, and yes, they’ll hit some here. They have. But the risk for them to go out and hit a home run in one of 80 at-bats, the reward isn’t great enough.

“Baltimore? Better reward. I’m not using it as an excuse. But it is a mindset.”

Of course, the counter argument is obvious: Other teams seem to come into spacious Kauffman Stadium and have no trouble hitting home runs. Yost mentioned as much after letting Seitzer go last fall.

In fact, opponents have hit nearly three times as many home runs (32-11) this season at Kauffman Stadium as the Royals.

Maloof has an explanation for that.

“Here’s the thing: Other teams come in here from Anaheim or wherever and they have their swing already down,” Maloof said. “This park doesn’t even enter into their minds when they hit here. They have their swings, the same swings, because it pays dividends for them at home.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 04:10 PM | 30 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: idiotic philosophies, jack maloof, royals

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   1. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 29, 2013 at 08:03 PM (#4455102)
Home runs clog up the bases. Particularly home plate. It's easier to get to home from third base than from home plate, I'm sure you'll agree. Especially if guys keep hitting four-baggers and accumulating there.
   2. The District Attorney Posted: May 29, 2013 at 08:06 PM (#4455106)
No reward for swinging for the fences
Well, reaching them. That's one.
   3. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 29, 2013 at 08:13 PM (#4455112)
Dioner Navarro hit more home runs today than the Royals have hit in the last 2 weeks.
   4. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: May 29, 2013 at 08:30 PM (#4455135)
Following a link from that article...

"What are you asking me to do? Take my belt off and spank them? Yell at them? Scream at them? What do you want? -Ned Yost (Royals manager)
   5. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: May 29, 2013 at 08:36 PM (#4455144)
It's easy to make fun of Dayton Moore, but what other team has such dedication to hiring the developmentally disabled?
   6. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: May 29, 2013 at 08:54 PM (#4455164)
Double post
   7. TJ Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:04 PM (#4455180)
Hmmm, maybe it's time for a smart GM to see if they can pick up Hosmer or Moustakas cheap and then turn them loose in a different setting...
   8. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:31 PM (#4455222)
Jesus, Billy Butler is 27? Where does the time go?
   9. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:34 PM (#4455228)
Gotta love Poz's reaction.
   10. Booey Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:48 PM (#4455251)
That’s why I’m not overly concerned because I think we’ll lead the league in fewest home runs again this year. We don’t have a 40-homer guy in the middle of the lineup.


Not surprising considering the Royals have NEVER had a 40 homer guy in their lineup. And they're the only franchise in the majors that hasn't; Steve Balboni's 36 in 1985 still remains the single season team record.
   11. KT's Pot Arb Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:29 PM (#4455299)
Time to go back to rebuilding. They need to find some good young hitters.

Maybe Tampa Bay would trade them Wil Meyers if KC offered Shields and a couple prospects?
   12. Walt Davis Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM (#4455340)
“There is just no reward here (for us) to try and hit home runs,”

Always one of my favorite "irregardlessisms". Trying AND hitting home runs is great and has obvious rewards. Trying TO hit home runs might not be worth it.

Note, "you try and do it" can be OK in my book -- that's a "try and see if you can do better, wise guy" meaning.

Calm down, not a grammar nazi, I'm sure this usage has been around since 1372.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM (#4455347)
<i?“Here’s the thing: Other teams come in here from Anaheim or wherever and they have their swing already down,” Maloof said. “This park doesn’t even enter into their minds when they hit here. They have their swings, the same swings, because it pays dividends for them at home.</i>

That's hilarious.

Not surprising considering the Royals have NEVER had a 40 homer guy in their lineup. And they're the only franchise in the majors that hasn't; Steve Balboni's 36 in 1985 still remains the single season team record.

As I noted in the earlier Poz thread, the Royals only had 3 guys reach 30 during the sillyball era. There were 319 30-HR seasons from 1995 to 2003. Oops, sorry, 4 Royals did it as Chili Davis landed spot on 30.
   14. Drexl Spivey Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:55 PM (#4455373)
They have hit just two homers since May 14 – both by 39-year-old backup infielder Miguel Tejada.


“Here’s the thing: Other teams come in here from Anaheim or wherever and they have their swing already down,” Maloof said.


Maloof is the hitting coach. A large part of his job is to make sure that his players have their hitting stroke set this late in the season.

"We try to stay down on the ball, be more line-drive oriented, and do more situational hitting at least through the first two or three rounds (at home) here. That's why I'm not overly concerned because I think we'll lead the league in fewest home runs again this year."


You're the hitting coach and you think your team will hit the fewest homers this year...and you're not concerned? How the hell does this guy still have a job?
   15. zachtoma Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:58 PM (#4455375)
Reminds me of this Onion classic.

"The first thing I did after Sunday's game was gather the players and ask all 25 of them what each one thinks is the most important part of baseball, and an astounding 21 of them said 'hitting home runs,' including seven pitchers," said Emanski, who stressed to them that "defense wins ballgames." "The second thing I did was line them up against the fence and hit sharp line drives at them from 20 feet away to improve their reaction time."
   16. theboyqueen Posted: May 30, 2013 at 01:46 AM (#4455418)
Things I learned today: The Royals have two hitting coaches, neither of whom I've ever heard of, one of whom is of (I'm assuming from the name) Lebanese extraction, and the other of whom is Assyrian. They both have awesome moustaches.
   17. clowns to the left of me; STEAGLES to the right Posted: May 30, 2013 at 03:52 AM (#4455444)
i figure this is an appropriate enough place to post this:

30 of the last 32 homeruns that the phillies have hit have been solo HRs. and of the 12 phillies who have more than 50 plate appearances, only 5 have an OBP over .300 and only 1 has a batting average over .270.

#PRODUCTION!!
   18. Drexl Spivey Posted: May 30, 2013 at 05:19 AM (#4455450)
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   19. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: May 30, 2013 at 07:16 AM (#4455464)
You're the hitting coach and you think your team will hit the fewest homers this year...and you're not concerned? How the hell does this guy still have a job?

Classic baseball wisdom--if you hit a home run, they'll just expect you to hit another one.
   20. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: May 30, 2013 at 08:00 AM (#4455472)
Steve Balboni's 36 in 1985 still remains the single season team record.

Fun fact: Since the Royals were formed in 1969, Balboni's 36 HR is tied for 332nd for the most in a season.
   21. Walt Davis Posted: May 30, 2013 at 08:19 AM (#4455483)
So far this season, Royals' pitchers have given up 32 HR at home and 31 on the road. The hitters are 11 and 17. That's less than half the HR their opps have hit.

Opps have somehow managed to hit 1 HR ever 28.5 PA in KC while the AL average is 1 per 35.5.

The Royals have a team G/F ratio of nearly 1. They have a lower XBH/PA rate than the Astros. The HR/FB is 4.6% compared to 8.4% league. One HR per 61 AB which is nearly half the average and full 20 AB worse than 14th place Minnesota. And of course tied for the worst walk %.

At least the horribleness of Hosmer and Moose makes more sense now -- they're being taught to be bad hitters.
   22. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 30, 2013 at 08:58 AM (#4455506)
The funny thing is, the reason last year's hitting coach Kevin Seitzer was fired was because the team reportedly didn't like his approach of making contact and going the other way and wanted more power.

So someone has their signals crossed here. But at least he's not making excuses.
   23. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 30, 2013 at 09:01 AM (#4455509)
I have been griping about eric hosmer since about the 3rd week of the season because the guy is clearly trying to hit everything to left field

it's just............................................weird
   24. MikeinMI Posted: May 30, 2013 at 09:19 AM (#4455523)
I'm with Harvey. It's painful to watch Hosmer hit. He's not Wade Boggs or Tony Gwynn. Even Gwynn was told by Ted Williams to look to pull a ball once in a while to keep pitchers honest.
   25. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 30, 2013 at 09:26 AM (#4455533)
hosmer knew how to hit home runs. someone has gotten into his head and scr8wed him up

it's akin to the pirates 'fixing' Zach duke's delivery.



   26. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 30, 2013 at 09:27 AM (#4455535)
Hmmm, maybe it's time for a smart GM to see if they can pick up Hosmer or Moustakas cheap and then turn them loose in a different setting...


I have been griping about eric hosmer since about the 3rd week of the season because the guy is clearly trying to hit everything to left field


Eric Hosmer...Fenway Park, Fenway Park...Eric Hosmer.

Steve Balboni's 36 in 1985 still remains the single season team record.


And the Royals lack of success in 1985 proves how useless home runs are!
   27. Eric Ferguson Posted: May 30, 2013 at 09:34 AM (#4455542)
hosmer knew how to hit home runs. someone has gotten into his head and scr8wed him up


I blame sabermetrics.

   28. WillYoung Posted: May 30, 2013 at 08:23 PM (#4456285)
Part of what is lost in this discussions is that the Royals still have a lot of games coming up to hit against the Twins starting rotation. That will boost their homerun numbers considerably.
   29. spycake Posted: May 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM (#4456450)
They need some games against the Brewers.
   30. McCoy Posted: May 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM (#4456534)
They need some games against the Royals.

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