Dusty Baker can’t think of any reasons whatsoever that the Reds shouldn’t bring back hitting coach Brook Jacoby and pitching coach Dick Pole in 2009:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why not?Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve operated almost the entire year without the team that we expected to have.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Most susceptible when a team struggles are pitching and hitting coach. In the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ case, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pitching coach Dick Pole and hitting Brook Jacoby.
In PoleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s case, the Reds are seventh in the National League in ERA at 4.20. They finished 13th last year at 4.55.
In JacobyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s case, the Reds are 15th in the NL in batting average at .247. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the same average as last year.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I look at runs more than average,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Astros are hitting higher than us. But weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve outscored them.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Reds are 11th in runs. They were 12th last year.
Later in the article, Dusty said that losing Willy Taveras to an injury for a while was one of the reasons the Reds have had trouble scoring. One presumes he kept a straight face while saying that.
So, ten straight losing seasons, anyone? Anyone?