By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
7:37 AM EST, November 19, 2012
Recently, it has become en vogue for major league clubs to hire two hitting coaches.
The Braves, Cardinals and Padres all employed assistant hitting coaches last season, while the Phillies last month hired former major leaguer Wally Joyner to assist newly hired hitting coach Steve Henderson.
Last week, the Dodgers hired John Valentin as assistant hitting coach under new hitting coach Mark McGwire. New Red Sox manager John Farrell has said he’s considering hiring two hitting coaches to his yet-to-be-completed staff.
As for the Orioles, they’ve considered it this offseason, but don’t expect it to happen, at least in any official capacity.
The club still needs to sign hitting coach Jim Presley this offseason.
Presley and third-base coach DeMarlo Hale are the only two members of manager Buck Showalter’s six-coach staff to remain unsigned. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said he hopes to have the coaching staff locked up by the end of this week.
The Orioles front office has floated the thought of adding an assistant to help Presley with hitting duties, but have other options.
Roving hitting instructor Terry Crowley has come in to work with Orioles hitters individually. He did so with Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters when they were struggling with the bat.
But the organization likes Crowley dedicated to the minor leagues. Along with Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson, Crowley gave a good pulse of who was ready contribute at the major league level, which was invaluable throughout all of last season’s roster moves.
Also, advance scouting coordinator Ben Werthan has worked with hitters on certain techniques in the video room. In some facets, that’s what some assistant hitting coaches do because only six coaches can be uniformed in the dugout.
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