After weeks of wondering, we finally know what the first major change this season’s worth of poor results brings.
The Diamondbacks fired hitting coach Darnell Coles and his assistant, Eric Hinske, on Thursday, the first significant changes the club has made as its losing skid stretches into its sixth week.
Replacing them will be Rick Short and Drew Hedman, who will serve as co-hitting coaches. Short had been the hitting coach for Triple-A Reno. Hedman had been a sort of third hitting coach for the big league team in his previous role as run-production coordinator.
Lovullo — who stressed that Coles and Hinske were no more to blame than anyone else for those numbers as much as they were casualties of the team’s search for a solution — said he waited to make a change until his roster was healthier. Healthier it got, but the team’s issues at the plate persisted.
“That’s a fact,” Alonso said Wednesday in an interview that immediately went viral and was still making waves Thursday. “Guys have talked about it. I mean, in 2019, there was a huge class of free-agent pitchers. That was the quote-unquote ‘juiced’ balls, and then 2020 was a strange year with the COVID season, but now that we are back to playing a regular season with a ton of shortstops and position players that are going to be paid a lot of money, like high caliber players, yeah, I mean, it’s not a coincidence. That’s definitely something that they do.”
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“I’ve had this talk to Brandon Belt until I’m blue in the face. I’m like, ‘why don’t you back off the plate, get the ball out over the plate for you instead of being in on you all the time, why don’t you back off the plate, get the ball out over the plate and go the other way?’ But he always stands in the same spot in the batter’s box and pulls everything and hits it right into the shift,” Clark said on the “Morning Roast.”
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