Too many cooks spoil the stew is an old saying you often hear. Who thinks these old sayings up, anyway?
However, if you really analyze that saying, it is sooooooo true. You have to have one guy in charge of the stew - whether it’s good or bad, so that you know who to commend or who to fire.
The Dodgers have had two hitting coaches for a couple of years with Pentland and Matttingly and Pentland and Hansen. Maybe the common denominator was Pentland, but I think one coach makes the most sense. I don’t care what anyone says, there needs to be one boss. Hitters need to have one place where the buck stops. Sometimes it’s not so much the method, but rather the “belief” in the method.
A hitters’ greatest ally is confidence, and belief in what he is doing is paramount. Dave Hansen is now the Dodgers ONLY hitting coach and I think this bodes well for the Dodgers. The reason is that they have two left-handed hitters who underachieved most of last season, namely Andre Ethier and James Loney. Dave Hansen happens to be a lefty as well, and I think that it can’t hurt to be able to rely on a fellow left-handed hitter to help with your swing… as well as your confidence.
I have read analysis of the fact that in some bloggers opinions, Dave Hansen taking over as the sole hitting instructor had nothing to do with James Loneys’ resurgence. OK, Whatever…. I just know what I see and I saw a different James Loney under Dave Hansen. Some say his resurgence started before that. Whatever …. I just use my eyes and James Loney was just a much better hitter under Dave Hansen.
Last season, James Loney was a lost cause the first half and Andre Ethier had less power than most Girl Scouts. Maybe ONE VOICE can make a difference to them – I know it would sure make a huge difference to how many games the Dodgers win if Loney could OPS .850 or so and if Andre Ethier could OPS .950 or so. They are both capable…