I see that hitting coach Chris Chambliss has been fired. Guess he’s the fall guy for the drop in offensive performance this year. Do you suppose that having 1/4 of his starting offense traded away for middle relief had anything to do with the offensive decline?

That article also notes that the Reds are on the hunt for a new pitching coach. I’m worried that this means Vern Ruhle is not going to recover to a point where he can perform the duties associated with pitching coach, but I guess that writing is on the wall.

It’ll be interesting to see who the Reds hire to fill these two positions.

3 Responses

  1. GodlyCynic

    I haven’t had a chance to look it up, but team BA’s have fallen wherever Chambliss gets hired. That’s why the Yankees jettisoned him several years back. The offense is certainly not entirely his fault, but he doesn’t have a history of making hitters any better. You could always blame Dunn’s regression on him. Same three year period, isn’t it?

  2. Tom

    Good point. Time to get Barry Larkin away from the old cabal of Bowden and Boone and bring him back home as hitting coach and eventual manager.

  3. Ken

    The Reds did have the best offense last year, and a pretty good one for 2/3 of this year. I’m sorry to see Chambliss leave.