Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Table of Contents Today’s edition of Daily Notes has no table of contents, it appears. The Hitting Stats for the Hitting Coaches The Miami Marlins named former Cardinal and Devil Ray and Mariner and Yankee Tino Martinez as their new hitting coach this offseason, shortly after the departure of Ozzie Guillen and his staff — including Guillen’s hitting coach, former major leaguer Eduardo Perez. There’s nothing to suggest, so far as the author knows, that a player’s own personal hitting ability is a determinative factor in his ability to coach others well in that same art. That said, it’s also the case that Martinez was an above-average hitter over the course of his 16-year career. “How, generally, have the league’s batting coaches performed as major leaguers?” the author, who constructs thoughts in full sentences, asked himself. The answer, one finds, is best presented in the form of a table, not unlike the one below. Here, then, are the major-league stats for the 23 current hitting coaches with major-league experience: Name Team PA BB% K% HR AVG OBP SLG BABIP wRC+ WAR Mark McGwire Dodgers 7660 17.2% 20.8% 583 .263 .394 .588 .255 157 70.6 Chili Davis Athletics 9997 11.9% 17.0% 350 .274 .360 .451 .302 118 41.7 Don Baylor D-backs 9401 8.6% 11.4% 338 .260 .342 .436 .260 118 34.9 Dave Magadan Rangers 4963 14.5% 11.0% 42 .288 .390 .377 .319 117 27.1 Steve Henderson Phillies 3916 9.9% 17.3% 68 .280 .352 .413 .329 113 11.7 Tino Martinez Marlins 8044 9.7% 13.3% 339 .271 .344 .471 .274 111 33.0 Greg Walker Braves 3177 8.4% 16.4% 113 .260 .326 .449 .281 108 10.0 Greg Colbrunn Red Sox 3017 5.6% 14.7% 98 .289 .338 .460 .312 107 9.3 Tom Brunansky Twins 7169 10.7% 16.6% 271 .245 .327 .434 .259 105 27.0 Dante Bichette Rockies 6856 5.2% 15.7% 274 .299 .336 .499 .320 104 11.5 Phil Plantier Padres 2166 10.9% 22.0% 91 .243 .332 .439 .274 103 3.9 Brook Jacoby Reds 5027 8.7% 15.2% 120 .270 .334 .405 .299 103 19.8 Jay Bell Pirates 8525 10.0% 16.9% 195 .265 .343 .416 .304 102 40.4 Dave Hansen Mariners 2101 13.5% 15.8% 35 .260 .360 .369 .299 101 5.8 Jeff Manto White Sox 822 11.8% 22.1% 31 .230 .329 .415 .265 97 0.9 Lloyd McClendon Tigers 1375 10.4% 12.0% 35 .244 .325 .381 .254 96 1.0 Jim Eppard Angels 156 9.0% 13.5% 0 .281 .351 .317 .331 94 0.1 John Mabry Cardinals 3765 7.5% 19.0% 96 .263 .322 .405 .306 88 2.1 Jim Presley Orioles 3818 5.5% 22.5% 135 .247 .290 .420 .286 88 4.8 Hensley Meulens Giants 549 7.7% 30.1% 15 .220 .288 .353 .295 77 -1.4 Chad Mottola Blue Jays 137 7.3% 20.4% 4 .200 .263 .344 .223 54 -1.0 Ty Van Burkleo Indians 44 13.6% 22.7% 1 .132 .250 .289 .148 49 0.1 Dave Hudgens Athletics 7 0.0% 42.9% 0 .143 .143 .143 .250 -24 -0.1 Averages — 4030 9.5% 18.7% 141 .249 .323 .403 .280 95 15.4 Notes • Absent from this list are the seven coaches who never played in the majors. They are as follows, presented in no particular order: John Mallee (Astros), Jack Maloof (Royals), Kevin Long (Yankees), Derek Shelton (Rays), James Rowson (Cubs), Johnny Narron (Brewers), Rick Eckstein (Nationals). • The averages are simple averages — that is, not weighted by plate appearances. • By this method, it appears as though 14 present hitting coaches were above-average major-league hitter. Nine more were below averages. Seven more, as noted above, didn’t play at the major-league level. • Mark McGwire was decidedly the best hitter of the league’s current hitting coaches. • A full list of all coaches is available at Baseball Reference. A FanGraphs leaderboard of all the hitting coaches’ offensive numbers is available here.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Robert Griffin III benched by Redskins for McCoy

Dice-K Matsuzaka headed back to Japan

Lovie Smith: 2-9 Bucs are still in playoff contention

UCLA QB Brett Hundley likely to enter NFL draft

Bills will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium for Sunday's game

Miller to Oregon transfer rumor originates on Reddit

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Valencia FC ditches bat logo amidst DC Comics challenge

Paul Pierce: Celtics' Big Three was like 'Holy Trinity'

Cubs reportedly offer Jon Lester more than $135 million

Colin Kaepernick: Jim Harbaugh will be back in 2015

Jeremy Maclin not happy with Riley Cooper’s contract remark

Broncos reportedly waive kicker McManus, sign Connor Barth

Alabama DL trolls Auburn with Instagram photo

Derrick Rose leaves game with hamstring tightness

Rockies pitcher takes shot at former Astros pitcher

WATCH: Paul Pierce signs autograph during game

Jeremy Hill asks great question about alma mater LSU

NBA rookie rankings after 1st month of 2014-15 season

Statistic about Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler very revealing

Aaron Rodgers blasts those who accused him of trolling Vikings

The century's 10 most one-sided college football rivalries

WATCH: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of NBA's first month

Sherman mocks NFL media policies in press conference

Why Packers' offense continues to evolve despite success

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.

WATCH: Pierce signs for fan during game

Report: McCoy to start over RG3

Braxton Miller headed to Oregon?

10 most one-sided college football rivalries

Pierce: C's Big Three like 'Holy Trinity'

Maclin unhappy with Cooper comments

Post-Week 13 CFB Playoff projection

What has Masai Ujiri built in Toronto?

How L.A. should replace Hanley

Lester, Red Sox still talking contract

Why each NFL team should be thankful

Could Kentucky beat the 76ers?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

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

Company Info
Help
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.