Saturday, February 21, 2004


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Those who can't, teach, as the saying goes. So here are the hitting and pitching coaches of Major League Baseball as teams go to spring training. There are a few interesting names: Rich Schu was the highly-vaunted prospect who actually moved Mike Schmidt to 1b for a season; Dave Duncan is the pitching coach who wasn't a pitcher; Gerald Perry once stole 42 bases as a first baseman; Dave Madagan is one of those wierd guys with an on-base percentage higher than his slugging percentage; Mitchell Page had an excellent rookie season before fading away; Bud Black, Metl Stottlemyre, and Orel Hershiser have all led the league in losses; Gary Matthews, Chris Chambliss, Eddie Murray, and Dave Righetti are all rookies of the year; Don Mattingly and Terry Pendleton are the only hitting coaches with batting titles or MVP awards.

So, here they are:

Anaheim Angels--Mickey Hatcher (.280/.313/.377, 89 OPS+ in 1130 G, 3377 AB, and 12 seasons as a OF/1B/3B), Bud Black(121-166, 3.84 ERA, 104 ERA+ in 398 G, 2053 1/3 IP, and 15 seasons, 1984 AL leader in WHIP, 1991 NL leader in losses, 1992 NL leader in HR allowed)

Arizona Diamondbacks--Rick Schu(.246/.310/.384, 92 OPS+ in 580 G, 1568 AB, and 9 seasons as a 3B), Chuck Kniffin

Atlanta Braves--Terry Pendleton(.270/.316/.391, 91 OPS+ in 1893 G, 7032 AB, and 15 seasons as a 3B, 1991 NL MVP, 1991 batting champion, 1991-92 NL leader in hits, 1987/1989/1992 Gold Glove at 3B), Leo Mazzone

Baltimore Orioles--Terry Crowley(.250/.345/.375, 104 OPS+ in 865 G, 1518 AB, and 15 seasons as an OF/1B), Mark Wiley (2-3, 6.06 ERA, 62 ERA+ in 21 G, 49 IP, and 2 seasons)

Boston Red Sox--Ron Jackson(.259/.314/.385, 94 OPS+ in 926 G, 2986 AB, and 10 seasons as a 1B/3B),Dave Wallace(0-1, 7.84 ERA, 49 ERA+ in 13 G and 20.7 IP in 3 seasons)

Chicago Cubs--Gary Matthews(.281/.364/.439, 118 OPS+, 234 HR, 183 SB in 2033 G, 7147 AB, and 16 seasons, 1973 NL Rookie of the Year, 1984 NL leader in OBP and BB), Larry Rothschild(0-0, 5.40 ERA, 72 ERA+ in 7 G and 8.3 IP in 2 seasons)

Chicago White Sox--Greg Walker(.260/.326/.449, 108 OPS+ in 855 G, 2864 AB, and 9 seasons), Don Cooper(1-6, 5.27 ERA, 7 6ERA+ in 44 G and 85 1/3 IP in 4 seasons)

Cincinnati Reds--Chris Chambliss (.279.334/.415, 190 OPS+, 185 HR in 2175 G, 7571 AB, and 17 seasons, 1971 AL Rookie of the Year, 1978 AL Gold Glove at 1B), Don Gullett (109-50, 3.11 ERA, 113 ERA+ in 266 G, 1390 IP, and 9 seasons)

Cleveland Indians--Eddie Murray (.287/.359/.476, 129 OPS+, 3255 hits, 504 HR, 1917 RBI in 3026 G, 11336 AB, and 21 seasons, 1977 Rookie of the Year, 1984 AL leader in OBP and BB, 1981 leader in HR and RBI, 1982-84 Gold Glove at 1B), Mike Brown (12-20, 5.75 ERA in 253 2/3 IP in 61 G and 253 2/3 IP in 6 seasons)

Colorado Rockies--Duane Espy, Bob Apodaca (16-25, 2.84 ERA, 124 ERA+ in 184 G and 361 1/3 IP in 5 seasons

Detroit Tigers--Bruce Fields(.274/.300/.318, 86 OPS+ in 58 games, 113 AB, and 3 seasons as an OF), Bob Cluck

Florida Marlins--Bill Robinson (.258/.300/.438, 104 OPS+ in 1472 G, 4364 AB, and 16 seasons as an OF). Wayne Rosenthal(1-4, 5.25 ERA, 77 ERA+ in 42 G and 75 IP in 2 seasons)

Houston Astros--Harry Spilman(.237/.306/.348, OPS+84 in 563 G, 810 AB, and 12 seasons as 1B) , Burt Hooten(151-136, 3.38 ERA, 108 ERA+ in 480 G and 2652 IP in 15 seasons, 1981 NLCS MVP)

Kansas City Royals--Jeff Pentland, John Cumberland (15-16, 3.82 ERA, 90 ERA+ in 334 1/3 IP in 110 G and 334 1/3 IP in 6 seasons)

Los Angeles Dodgers--Tim Wallach (.257/.316/.416, 102 OPS+ , 260 HR in 2122 G, 8099 AB, and 17 seasons as 3B, 1985/1988/1990 NL Gold Glove at 3B, 1987/1989 NL leader in 2B), Jim ColbornM (83-88, 3.80 ERA, 98 ERA+ in 301 G and 1597 1/3 IP in 10 seasons, 1977 AL leader in hit batsmen)

Milwaukee Brewers--Butch Wynegar(.255/.348/.347, 93 OPS+ in 1301 G, 4330 AB, and 13 seasons as a C), Mike Maddux (39-37, 4.05 ERA, 101 ERA+ in 472 G, 861 2/3 IP, and 15 seasons)

Minnesota Twins--Scott Ullger (.190/.247/.241, 33 OPS+ in 35 G, 79 AB, and 1 season as a 1B), Rick Anderson (4-4, 385 ERA, 81 ERA+ in 28 games in 3 seasons)

Montreal Expos--Tom McCraw (.249/.309/.362, 94 ERA+ in
1468 G 3956 AB, and 13 seasons as a 1B/OF), Randy St. Claire(12-6, 3.80 ERA, 92 ERA+ in 162 G, 252 IP and 9 seasons)

New York Mets--Denny Walling(.271/.339/.390, 107 OPS+ in 1271 G, 2945 AB, and 16 seasons as a 3B/OF/1B), none

New York Yankees--Don Mattingly (.307/.358/.471, 127 OPS+ in 14 seasons as 1B, 1985 AL MVP, 1984 AL leader in batting average, 1986 Al leader in slugging percentage, 1984 and 1986 AL leader in hits, 1985 AL leader in RBI, 1984-1986 AL leader in 2B, 1985-1989, 1991-1994 AL Gold Glove at 1B), Mel Stottlemyre Sr.(164-139, 2.97 ERA, 112 ERA+ in 350 G and 2661 1/3 IP in 11 seasons, 1966/1972 AL leader in losses, 19665/1969 AL leader in CG, 1968 AL leader in hits allowed)

Oakland Athletics--Dave Hudgens (.143/.143/.143 in 6 G, 7 AB, and 1 season as a 1B), Curt Young (69-53, 431 ERA, 90 ERA+ in 251 G and 1107 IP in 11 seasons)

Philadelphia Phillies--Greg Gross (.287, 372, 351, 103 OPS+ in 1809 G, 3745 AB, and 17 seasons as an OF), Vern Ruhle (67-88, 3.73 ERA, 98 ERA+ in 327 G and 1411 1/3 IP in 13 seasons)

Pittsburgh Pirates--Gerald Perry (.265/.333/.376 95 OPS+ in 1193 G, 3144 AB, and 13 seasons as a 1B), Spin Williams

San Diego Padres--Dave Magadan (.288/.390/.377, 112 OPS+ in 1582 G, 4159 AB, and 16 seasons as a 3B/1B), Greg Booker (5-7, 389 ERA, 94 ERA+ in 161 G, 264 IP, and 8 seasons)

San Francisco Giants--Joe Lefebvre (.258/.344/.414, 114 OPS+ in 447 G, 1091 AB, and 6 seasons as an OF), Dave Righetti (82-79, 252 saves, 346 ERA, 114 ERA+ in 718 G and 1403 2/3 IP in 15 seasons, 1981 AL Rookie of the Year, 1982 AL leader in BB allowed and K/9IP, 1986 AL leader in saves)

Seattle Mariners--Paul Molitor (.306/.369/.448, 122 OPS+, 3319 hits, 605 2B, 234 HR, 1782 runs, 504 SB in 2683 G, 10835 AB, and 21 seasons seasons as a DH/3B/2B/1B, 1993 World Series MVP, 1991/1993/1996 AL leader in hits, 1982/1987/1991 AL leader in runs, 1987 AL leader in 2B, 1991 AL leader in 3B), Bryan Pryce

St. Louis Cardinals--Mitchell Page (.266/.346/.429, 117 OPS+ in 673 G, 2104 AB, and 8 seasons as a DH/OF) , Dave Duncan (.214/.279/.357, 85 OPS+ in 929 G, 2885 AB, and 11 seasons a a C)

Tampa Bay Devil Rays--Lee Elia (.202/.262/.288, 63 OPS+ in 95 G, 212 AB, and 2 seasons as a SS), Chuck Hernandez

Texas Rangers--Rudy Jaramillo, Orel Hershiser (204-150, 3.48 ERA, 112 ERA+ in 510 G and 3130 1/3 IP in 18 seasons, 1998 NL Cy Young Award, 1988 NLCS and World Series MVP, 1995 ALCS MVP, 1998 AL leader in wins, 1989/1992 NL leader in losses)
Toronto Blue Jays--Mike Barnett, Gil Patterson (1-2, 5.40 ERA, 73 ERA+ in 10 G, 33 1.3 IP, and 1 season)
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