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Dodgers fire hitting coach

Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 3:46 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Los Angeles Dodgers have fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland and promoted Dave Hansen to take over the job (Ken Gurnick via Twitter). The move comes after a four-game Dodgers losing streak in which the Dodgers scored only six runs.

Only the Padres have scored fewer runs in the NL this season than the Dodgers, who have the All-Star combo of Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp sitting in the middle of the batting order. Still, the Dodgers rank 15th in slugging percentage and 10th in on-base percentage in the NL.

Pentland has served as the hitting coach for four different ballclubs -- Cubs, Royals, Mariners and Dodgers. He took over as the Cubs hitting coach in 1997 and was largely credited with changes to Sammy Sosa's approach before the famous 1998 season -- in which Sosa hit 66 home runs en route to winning the NL MVP. Since then, however, his successes have been fewer and further between.

Hansen, 42, has never been a major-league hitting coach. He has served as the Dodgers secondary hitting instructor since November of 2010. He had 2,100 career plate appearances in 15 major-league seasons and served much of his career as a pinch-hitter.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:17 am
 

Dodgers fire hitting coach

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Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Dodgers fire hitting coach

RaidDuck, explain to us how Pentland wasn't getting the job done.
Are you in the clubhouse or no someone that is and have info we dont know about?
The Dodgersare using Pentland as a scapegoat for a really bad offensive baseball team.
Like I said, if you know something let us know.
Otherwise, explain how Pentland wasn't getting the job done.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:44 am
 

Dodgers fire hitting coach

TW200: Believe me: we KNOW McCourt is the big problem. However, Pentland was not getting the job done, and there's nothing wrong with making a change.



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Dodgers fire hitting coach

Come on people, open your eyes. Pentland wasn't problem nor was he the answer and the same goes for entire coaching staff. The Dodgers problems are ownership and ownership only. This kind of instability at the top has the players wondering about everything but winning baseball games. You can argue all you want that the palyers are professionals and all that stuff but believe me Frank McBankrupt is the problem.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Dodgers fire hitting coach

This move makes no sense.  The Dodgers have four of the best NL hitters for average in the Top 45.  Look, if that didn't exist I wouldn't be so negative about it.   Most teams would be freaking happy to have four of the top 45 NL avg. hitters.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Dodgers fire hitting coach

I have no idea whether or not Dave Hansen will be a better hitting coach than Pentland, you don't know till you try him out so why not now in a lost season?  Even if the experiment fails, at least you are not paying Pentland anymore to do, well, apparently nothing with the Dodger hitters.  I mean we all already knew that Kemp (despite last season) and Eithier were good hitters and every other hitter in the Dodgers lineup (except Miles, Carroll who are just journeymen types you did not expect to play everyday) have regressed,some dramatically such as Uribe, Furcal and Barajas.  Now is as good a time as any to make this change
Barajas never hit for average and never will. He's a guy who goes on HR binges, then 1-25 streaks. That's what he did with my Mets last year. He's a great dude and a tough guy, but he's a back-up catcher who has some pop. Rod cannot play everyday.

Again, who is he suppose to reach? Carroll, Miles and Uribe aren't going to change approaches. They're nice bench players, who can be platooned. Is Loney all-of-a-sudden going to start popping HRS? No, he's a nice .285 hitter who can knock in 90 runs and play solid defense. It's a lack of talent pure and simple on this team offensively.

It almost seems they did this just to divert attention away from the McCourt-Selig power struggle. It's really no big deal, but seems strange to give a guy with no experience the job. You'd think maybe they'd have someone else in their system more qualified. I wish Hansen well since he was a solid pro. I just think firing Pentland was a move for the sake of making a move.

Btw, Kershaw is pitching a gem today. I really like him,.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Dodgers fire hitting coach

Hansen never really made it as a position player, but he was always an awesome pitch-hitter. As a coach, he could hardly be worse than Pentland, and could end up way better...



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Dodgers fire hitting coach

I have no problem with firing coaches, but honestly, do they think a novice coach is going to help this team which is in freefall?
I have no idea whether or not Dave Hansen will be a better hitting coach than Pentland, you don't know till you try him out so why not now in a lost season?  Even if the experiment fails, at least you are not paying Pentland anymore to do, well, apparently nothing with the Dodger hitters.  I mean we all already knew that Kemp (despite last season) and Eithier were good hitters and every other hitter in the Dodgers lineup (except Miles, Carroll who are just journeymen types you did not expect to play everyday) have regressed,some dramatically such as Uribe, Furcal and Barajas.  Now is as good a time as any to make this change. 


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