Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 10/17/13
Yay! The Angels have a new hitting coach. That's a good thing, right? It has to be, doesn't it? By all accounts, Don Baylor is one of the best hitting coaches in the league for both his coaching ability and general clubhouse presence. Surely this will pay off for the 2014 Angels since the story we've long clung to is that the Halos have had nothing but the worst hitting coaches throughout Mike Scioscia's tenure. That's the assumption anyway. We don't actually really know. All we have to go on is the kind words of players who were under his tutelage and the beat reporters who hung around Baylor. Baylor might be the greatest hitting coach in the world for all we know, but will it actually translate to an increase in production for the Angels? Well, there's one way to find out and that is looking at the numbers. Starting at a macro level, we can do before and after comparisons of how the many teams that Baylor has served as hitting coach have fared. To do this, we'll look at the team numbers the two years before he hot hired, the numbers during his tenure and one year after he left the team. For the purposes of this exercise we will only look at his hitting coach career and ignore his managerial stints in Colorado and Chicago as well as his bench coach gig with the Mets. Milwaukee Brewers (1990-1991) YEAR AVG OBP BB% K% SLG ISO wOBA OPS+ 1988 .257 .314 7.2% 15.0% .375 .118 .308 92 1989 .259 .318 7.5% 13.0% .382 .124 .316 98 1990 .256 .320 8.4% 13.3% .384 .128 .315 98 1991 .271 .336 8.8% 12.7% .396 .125 .328 104 1992 .268 .330 8.35 12.6% .375 .107 .319 100 So far, so good. Steady improvements across the board as average, walk rate and, to a lesser degree, power went up. Considering that Baylor's two years coincided with Yount and Molitor entering their mid-thirties, it is a strong endorsement that the team didn't decline. Then again, they are Hall of Fame talents, so Baylor may not have done a darn thing. St. Louis Cardinals (1992) YEAR AVG OBP BB% K% SLG ISO wOBA OPS+ 1990 .256 .320 8.4% 13.8% .358 .102 .306 87 1991 .255 .322 8.8% 14.2% .357 .102 .307 91 1992 .262 .323 7.9% 16.0% .375 .113 .316 100 1993 .272 .341 9.4% 14.0% .395 .123 .329 100 It is probably impossible to draw any real conclusion from a one-year stint (which is going to be an issue going forward), but the Cards clearly improved under Baylor. Having Ray Lankford and Bernard Gilkey blow up in their sophomore campaigns helps. St. Louis didn't miss a beat after Baylor left, but acquiring Gregg Jeffries at his absolute peak will do that. Whether you buy the results or not, this work here landed up the managing gig in Colorado the very next season. Atlanta Braves (1999) YEAR AVG OBP BB% K% SLG ISO wOBA OPS+ 1997 .270 .343 9.5% 18.4% .426 .156 .338 99 1998 .272 .342 8.8% 17.1% .456 .181 .346 107 1999 .266 .341 9.6% 15.1% .436 .170 .338 96 2000 .271 .346 9.5% 16.1% .428 .157 .339 95 A big falloff for the Braves in Baylor's lone season, but losing Andres Galarraga and his 157 OPS+ is a big mitigating factor. If anything, that 1998 performance was probably an unsustainable anomaly. Again, Baylor lasted just one season as he was then named the manager of the Cubs. Seattle Mariners (2005) YEAR AVG OBP BB% K% SLG ISO wOBA OPS+ 2003 .271 .344 9.3% 15.7% .410 .139 .331 103 2004 .270 .331 7.7% 16.6% .396 .127 .317 91 2005 .256 .317 7.6% 16.2% .391 .136 .309 92 2006 .272 .325 6.5% 15.7% .424 .156 .322 95 Another one-year stint with a lot of turnover that coincided with the retirement of Edgar Martinez but also the addition of Richie Sexson. Colorado Rockies (2009-2010) YEAR AVG OBP BB% K% SLG ISO wOBA OPS+ 2007 .280 .354 9.6% 17.7% .437 .158 .346 98 2008 .263 .336 9.0% 19.2% .415 .152 .330 89 2009 .261 .343 10.6% 20.5% .441 .180 .341 96 2010 .263 .336 9.3% 20.3% .425 .162 .333 92 2011 .258 .329 8.8% 19.1% .410 .152 .324 88 Baylor returned to the Rockies just when they traded Matt Holliday and still saw the offense improve. Again, Baylor dealt with a lot of turnover on the roster and some young talent coming up, including Carlos Gonzalez. But, with the exception of Seattle, he once again left the team in better shape than when he arrived. Arizona Diamondbacks (2011-2012) YEAR AVG OBP BB% K% SLG ISO wOBA OPS+ 2010 .250 .325 9.5% 24.7% .416 .166 .325 94 2011 .250 .322 8.7% 20.5% .413 .163 .322 99 2012 .259 .328 8.8% 20.6% .418 .159 .323 98 2013 .259 .323 8.2% 18.0% .391 .133 .314 96 Again, not a whole lot of difference. The production stayed about the same despite Upton falling off in 2012 and getting traded in 2013 but also getting Paul Goldschmidt in 2012. Where the team will go from here remains to be seen. Overall, it seems like having Baylor as the hitting coach probably helps, but not in a significant way. Teams generally hit better, but it is impossible to know how much of that is Baylor and how much is personnel or organizational philosophy changes. While these are hardly conclusive, the trends at least suggest that Baylor coached teams tend to see a small rise in walk rate and power. That is pretty in line with how Dipoto wants to generate offense, so Baylor is at least a good fit even if he turns out not have magical powers that will fix Josh Hamilton. The only real conclusion we can make is that Baylor probably won't be the hitting coach for long. For whatever reason, Don has the wanderlust having never stayed in a hitting coach position for more than two seasons. Part of that is him getting better job offers and part of it is regime change, but it generally seems that he isn't much one for hanging around a long time. In other words, enjoy Baylor while it lasts. [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

World Cup semifinals preview: US-Japan, Germany-England

Tim Duncan to help Spurs pitch LaMarcus Aldridge

Report: Knicks gave up on signing Marc Gasol 'long ago'

Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract due to 'breach'

Report: Nets believe they can trade Deron Williams


Mickelson likely committed no crime even if he gambled

Report: Dwyane Wade to decline option, become a free agent

Darren McFadden: I feel like a rookie again

Report: Mavericks a favorite to land DeAndre Jordan

Report: Kevin Love likely to re-sign with Cavaliers

Bo Ryan announces he'll coach Wisconsin one more season

Top seven storylines entering free agency around the NBA

Former FSU mascot killed in argument over gumbo recipe

Royals slipping in ASG voting, lose two more starters

Fred Smoot: I played with gay players, 'everyone knew'

Bobby Portis brings donuts for media at press conference

John Calipari shares his thoughts on Confederate flag

Steve Weatherford, Jason Kelce get into Twitter beef

Larry Nance Jr. apologized to 'Mr. Bryant' for rapist tweet

J.J. Watt 'tackles' stage crasher at Zac Brown Band show

Jimmy Butler reportedly wants to leave Bulls, sign with Lakers

Selecting the 2015 National League All-Stars

Taking a look at the Philadelphia Sixers' latest horde

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Reminiscing on 'Love & Basketball' 15 years later

Selecting the 2015 NL All-Stars

The Sixers' latest horde

Projected landing spots for NBA's top free agents

MLB changes format for Home Run Derby

Revis to work out with Patriots DBs

Peterson: I'm still NFL's best RB

Kobe gives great quote on friendship

Winners, losers and steals of the NHL Draft

Carmelo calls Porzingis a 'steal'

WATCH: J.J. Watt scores hockey goal

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.