No matter where Don Baylor goes in the world of Major League Baseball, hitting seems to occur. He was the American League MVP while a player and has that to his credit. He was the manager for the Colorado Rockies when they were at their most dangerous with the bat. Atlanta Braves legend Chipper Jones attributes some of his success to a great relationship he had with Baylor while he was in Atlanta. This past season the Arizona Diamondbacks likely had the National League MVP on their team because of some assistance and guidance from Baylor.
Baylor now will take his hitting coach talents to the Los Angeles Angels and the Diamondbacks will find out just how good Baylor was at his job. Seriously the good things he started will probably continue but anytime you lose a really good coach like Baylor, he had better be replaced by a good coach. I’m sure GM Kevin Towers doesn’t need to hear from me how big of a deal the new hitting coach will be for a team that was already a little frustrated with their manager last season.
Don’t forget that this team was largely unhappy with Kirk Gibson and some voiced that they wanted Matt Williams to be the manager. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards but now Baylor is gone and Williams is expected to win a managerial spot somewhere this winter. These two coaches were not shabby additions to the bench of the DBacks. We are talking about a two giant coaching holes that will need to be carefully filled. Towers should double his efforts to make sure he gets good coaches for their replacements or he might have end up looking at a mutiny.