Since Joe Torre arrived in LA and brought along his buddy, Don Mattingly, the Dodgers’ situational hitting has largely sucked! Manny Ramirez and Matt Kemp have had their successes and there have been other bright spots (at times), but for the most part, the Dodgers choke in the clutch and have for several years.
Yes, I said “Choke” – I like that word!
Don Mattingly teaches a “modern” approach (aka/ Moneyball approach) to hitting. That approach could be called Passive-Aggressive, but really it is neither. You are either passive or aggressive – you can’t be both! Do you know any passive-aggressive people? Do you like them? Some of the greatest hitters in baseball were not passive-aggressive. Guys like Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb, Frank Robinson and Roberto Clemente looked for their pitch and hit it, rather than watch and hope that the pitcher would throw balls.
You may only get your pitch once a game, but if you like it inside and high, you can change the game in a single swing! You have to feel “safe” to swing the bat. Passive works for AJ Ellis, but not some others.
I say: “let a hitter have his own style – don’t make him conform to yours.” Don’t try to work the count if that is not your game. It might work for AJ Ellis, but it doesn’t work for Andre Ethier.
Adrian Gonzales says he now has to “fix his swing.” Could it be that the Dodger’s Philosophy screwed him up? Mattingly’s philosophy works with some people, but not with everyone. It’s time for a change.
Someone recently suggested Rudy Jaramillo as hitting coach. I have been a fan of his for years and would endorse that. It’s that time!
There is a connection to Jaramillo on the Dodgers, because Jaramillo has been credited for the development of players as Jeff Bagwell, Juan González, Iván Rodríguez, Mark Teixeira, Michael Young and ADRIAN GONZALEZ, among others.
Dave Hansen is a good guy, but he has to go. Don Mattingly has to focus on managing. Rudy Jaramillo should be the next hitting coach. PERIOD!
This is Jaramillo’s Golden Opportunity to cement his reputation as one of the greatest hitting coaches in the history of baseball. Right up there with Charlie Lau…
Memo to Mattingly: Stay away from the hitters!
The only problem is that the Manager has to admit that his way needed to hit the highway. Can he do that?