Friday, November 24, 2017

New Phillies assistant hitting coach is an interesting choice





The recent hiring of Pedro Guerrero  - (no relation to this former LA Dodger Pedro Guerrero) for the position of assistant hitting coach, this adds further mystery to the lineup of manager and coaches for the Philadelphia Phillies for 2018. What is so interesting about Guerrero, who was born in the Dominican Republic, is that he doesn't have major league baseball playing experience he stayed in the Dodgers minors organization for years. That part is interesting in the fact that if you never faced major league pitching, how could you be an expert on hitting at that level?

Maybe it's a novel approach though, with what has been going on with the Phillies in bringing Kapler in with no MLB managing experience. If anything, the hiring gives Guerrero an opportunity here in Philadelphia, where he may have never got a chance to do this elsewhere


Kapler and Guerrero had their association in the LA Dodgers system. During 2016-2017 seasons, Guerrero was a bench coach with the Dodgers rookie-level minors team, the Ogden Raptors. At the time of writing this article, the Phillies.com website had no bio information on Pedro or a photo.


Some Phillies fans aren't looking at the move too optimistically, here's a comment on an MLB thread on this article:

"I am a life long Phillie fan but this is crazy!!!! I see nothing for we fans to be happy about or look forward to but more losing. Now not only do we need pitching we need coaching also."


 

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