One of the more respected components of a Major League Baseball team is the manager. A great manager can make all the difference as can having a manager that just doesn’t fit with the club. Something that might get a little bit overlooked however is the manager’s staff of coaches. The Miami Marlins are keeping Mike Redmond as the skipper but he gets a couple of new faces on staff for the 2014 season in Brett Butler and Frank Menechino.
Both of these guys are good sense first time hires for the Marlins. Butler and Menechino have great outlooks on the game and Butler had a dynamite career that stretched nearly two decades. Menechino will try his hand at hitting coach which is interesting gathering his .240 career batting average while Butler will serve a couple of roles where his years of base-running expertise will come in handy.
No one coach can be perfect for every player but these guys both will get the respect of the players on the team and the Marlins should only be a little improved because of both of them. As far as Menechino’s career batting average, it serves to prove that someone doesn’t have to have a .300 career batting average to be an affective hitting coach candidate.
Both guys should have something to prove and should be able to make a nice dent in their own coaching future by being part of the Marlins resurgence that surely will begin with the next year or two unless the owner drops the ball yet again. Hopefully that won’t happen until after they do some winning.