Larry Parrish hired as Braves hitting coach (updated)

As a Florida teen, Larry Parrish revered Hank Aaron, Rico Carty and other Braves after the team moved to Atlanta in 1966. Now, he’ll work with the team’s next potential superstar, Jason Heyward, and the rest of the Braves after being hired as Atlanta’s new hitting coach.

Parrish, a former Texas and Montreal slugger, was hired Friday to round out new Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez’s coaching staff for the 2011 season.

Parrish, 56, replaces Terry Pendleton, who was reassigned to first-base coach and infield instructor after Gonzalez was named to succeed retired Braves manager Bobby Cox.

“Larry has a great reputation in the game,” said Gonzalez, who has known Parrish since managing against him in the International League, where Parrish managed the Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate since 2003. “His background speaks for itself. This is good staff of hard-working baseball people.”

Parrish joins a staff that includes three other holdovers from manager Cox’s staff – pitching coach Roger McDowell, third-base coach Brian Snitker, bullpen coach Eddie Perez – and new bench coach Carlos Tosca, who served in that role for 3-1/2 seasons under Gonzalez with the Florida Marlins.

First-base coach Glenn Hubbard and bench coach Chino Cadahia were not retained from Cox’s staff.

Contract terms weren’t disclosed, but Braves coaches get one-year contracts. The only recent exception was pitching coach Roger McDowell, who got a multi-year deal when he came from the Dodgers organization.

The Braves also interviewed Jim Presley for the hitting-coach position before deciding to offer the job to Parrish, whose only hitting-coach experience came in 1995 as a Tigers minor-league roving instructor.

Presley, Gonzalez’s hitting coach with the Florida Marlins, was expected to become Baltimore’s hitting coach under manager Buck Showalter. General manager Frank Wren said the Braves considered “probably half a dozen” candidates and interviewed two.

“He hasn’t been a hitting coach in a while,” Gonzalez said of Parrish. “But he’s a good manager, and what he said was that, being a manager in Triple-A, you only have two or three coaches anyway, so he loves getting involved, getting his hands in there.”

A two-time All-Star in 1979 and 1987, Parrish was a .263 career hitter with 256 home runs and 992 RBIs in 15 major league seasons with Montreal, Texas and Boston, including four seasons with more than 25 homers.

He served as bench coach for Detroit in 1997 and part of the 1998 season before being promoted to major league manager when Buddy Bell was fired at midseason. Parrish managed the Tigers through the 1999 season.

After a decade as a scout and minor league manager, Parrish was ready to get back to coaching.

“I enjoy teaching, and hoping that I can give a guy something to get him to the major leagues and keep him there,” he said. “It’s the place to play, it’s the place where you make the money, so my idea is if I can do anything to help a guy, that was my motivation to coach.”

Parrish is a native of Winter Haven, Fla. He used to enjoy playing for the Expos in Atlanta because it gave his parents and other family members a chance to drive up and see him play. He moved to southwest Georgia — between Blakely and Fort Gaines — in 2005, after buying property primarily for the hunting.

Yes, he’s another Brave who spends a good part of the offseason hunting.

Parrish said convenience wasn’t the only factor in choosing the Braves for his move back to big-league coaching. He was also familiar with the coaches, having managed against Gonzalez and Snitker when they managed in Triple-A, and played against Pendleton. He’s seen most younger Braves play in the minors.

“It just seemed like a good situation,” Parrish said.

Despite no big-league experience as a hitting coach, Wren talked to people who convinced him Parrish was right for the position.

“The thing that stood out, over the course of the last month,” Wren said, “I’ve had a lot of people tell me if you look for a hitting coach you need to talk to Larry Parrish. They said he’s not doing that job [currently], but he’s really impressive from a standpoint of his knowledge of hitting, his passion for hitting.

“And in talking to him that came through clearly.”

Wren served as Florida Marlins assistant GM under Dave Dombrowski, Detroit’s president and GM since 2002.

“Dave spoke very highly of [Parrish], not only his character but also his work ethic, and his knowledge, and what a  great baseball man he is,” Wren said. “He has a real good feel for hitting and the mechanics, and has a good plan.”

Parrish was named minor league Manager of the Year in 2005 by The Sporting News after the first of Toledo’s back-to-back International League titles. He told Braves officials he only wanted to take a major league coaching job if it was a situation where could make a difference.

“He said there were certain jobs in the big leagues he woudkn’t take because he didn’t think he could make an impact like he could in this one,” Wren said. “He likes to work, he likes to make an impact.”

Parrish played third base for Montreal in his first eight seasons and finished third for National League Rookie of the Year in 1975. His best year with the Expos was 1979, when he hit .307 with 30 homers and .909 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS) and finished fourth in the league MVP voting.

In seven seasons with the Rangers, he spent time at third base, the outfield and designated hitter. Parrish totaled 50 homers and 194 RBIs over a two-season span in 1986-1987. Released by the Rangers in July 1988, he played a half-season with Boston to finish his major league career.

Parrish played two seasons (1989-1990) in Japan before ending his playing career.

356 comments Add your comment

Nittany Lion

October 29th, 2010
2:45 pm

You have got to be kidding me. Only hitting coach one year and in the minors at that!

Joel

October 29th, 2010
2:45 pm

Alex in DC

October 29th, 2010
2:45 pm

KW

October 29th, 2010
2:48 pm

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 29th, 2010
2:50 pm

ha ha…..Joel and Alex you lose….congrats Nittany Lion!!

Sorry DOB, I know that was your line.

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 29th, 2010
2:50 pm

KW, you lose too….lol.

Nice pick for hitting coach, Parrish has my vote of confidence.

jmo

October 29th, 2010
2:50 pm

Another typical Atlanta move. “He was a good A, so naturally for us he’s a perfect choice to be Q”

At least we can remember the 90s fondly.

ISH

October 29th, 2010
2:51 pm

I like it…

Supes

October 29th, 2010
2:52 pm

I’m guessing he’ll be here as long as Chipper Jones is playing and doesn’t want to become a hitting instructor in the organization.

JRS

October 29th, 2010
2:53 pm

The coaching experience does concern me, but I don’t think they would hire him unless they thought he would do a great job. Don’t knock him before he even starts!

parent power

October 29th, 2010
2:53 pm

Biff Pocoroba must have been busy…

Fish Bisch

October 29th, 2010
2:53 pm

GTFan

October 29th, 2010
2:53 pm

All you Presley haters satisfied now???

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 29th, 2010
2:54 pm

Nittany Lion, you’re pretty tough on the selection. Were you expecting us to bring back Don Baylor or something. I like the move to add someone fresh to the organizationa and someone motivated to prove his worth.

aburtch

October 29th, 2010
2:54 pm

Any insight as to what the Braves saw in him that would make him a good hitting instructor? Impressive resume, but I only see one year as a hitting coach. The Braves are a major league team and as such need to have major league expectations of their staff.

Nittany Lion

October 29th, 2010
2:54 pm

It doesn’t matter if you can hit the cover off the ball if can’t give that knowledge to your players and make them better hitters, what you did on the field means nothing.

MKM

October 29th, 2010
2:55 pm

Joe in SoCal

October 29th, 2010
2:55 pm

Ridicules!! A .263 career average is considered “Very impressive”. That comment speaks volumes in and of itself as to the possible mindset of Frank Wren and who he brought in this year during our run and whom he may look to bring in during this off season. Scary really. I guess this kind of underscores our teams financial abyss. We really can’t afford to get a really good slugger with our hands tied by Liberty. Nothing against Parrish personally, and perhaps he will be a better coach than player but come on, save the bells and whisltes and party streamers, you’ll never sell a .263 average as anything other than just that…AVERAGE!

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 29th, 2010
2:55 pm

gator

October 29th, 2010
2:55 pm

Joel, Alex, KW = LOSERS

Fred

October 29th, 2010
2:55 pm

Thanks DOB !
I was wishing for Greg Walker but Larry Parrish is a great pick. Go Braves!

SABR

October 29th, 2010
2:55 pm

I guess Bonds turned the job down.

Fish Bisch

October 29th, 2010
2:56 pm

ah i took to long to read the article before i typed first

Not First

October 29th, 2010
2:56 pm

Hey you two morons claiming “first!!”

Try posting something more interesting than “first”

This first crap is all ove the DOB’s posts and nowhere else do I read this kindergarten nonsense on the interface!

Get a life, get an opinion, get a thought in your head and post something interesting or don’t post at all!

You two dumbass’s aren’t even first. Take that crap to Sesame Street!

-The Coalition to Stop Idiot “First” Posters

Fish Bisch

October 29th, 2010
2:56 pm

didn’t larry parrish play basketball for the Celtics?

Hitting Coach R Us

October 29th, 2010
2:57 pm

Guess Rafael Belliard didn’t want the job.

ATLien

October 29th, 2010
2:57 pm

I always thought a “Hitting” coach should be someone that can “HIT” ? .263 ? TP was .270 and you see what that got you

braves86

October 29th, 2010
2:57 pm

Yeah not sure about this hire! Thought we would be getting a hitting coach from another MLB Team. He had a pretty impressive career but that does not mean it will translate into being a good hitting coach.

Fish Bisch

October 29th, 2010
2:57 pm

not first is a sore loser he or she wasn’t first.

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 29th, 2010
2:58 pm

Joe, what does his career average have to do with coaching? What was Bobby Cox’s career average before he went into coaching? I suspect you think that it would take a former player with an above .300 batting average to translate into a good hitting coach. There’s more that goes into hitting than just actually hitting the ball….duh… or did you actually realize that.

I guess Hank Aaron should have been our hitting coach since 1976 and we would have led the league in batting for 34 years, right??!!

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 29th, 2010
2:59 pm

Hey Fish, that was funny…..actually that would be Robert Parrish….lmao!

Bdawg

October 29th, 2010
3:00 pm

What has Parrish done since managing the Tigers in 1999? The article doesn’t say. Surely he hasn’t been sitting on the couch since 2000, please tell me he has been in some sort of baseball capacity.

pete

October 29th, 2010
3:00 pm

love the hire

Piedmont Blues

October 29th, 2010
3:01 pm

Guess we’ll see. I’m not exactly sure how much of an effect a hitting coach has at the major league level, unless he has some really radical ideas (like Mickey Hatcher at Anaheim — swing at everything! — or Rudy Jaramillo, who’s a mechanics guru). Don Baylor’s highly regarded, after all, and he wasn’t exactly a Silver Slugger.

The much more important hitting instructor jobs are in the minor league, especially at the lower levels, where the really important teaching is done.

Poorbrave

October 29th, 2010
3:01 pm

GT Fan……Presley haters had nothing to do with it.
This was a management decision and I believe it was a great move. LARRY Parrish will be just fine and so will Fredi and the Braves…………

Not First

October 29th, 2010
3:02 pm

Corrections and retractions:

This “First” crap is all over DOB’s posts and nowhere else do I read this kindergarten nonsense on the interweb!

-The Coalition to Stop Idiot “First” Posters

ATLien

October 29th, 2010
3:03 pm

I thought Chipper’s Dad was gonna be the hitting coach?

Terry Pendleton

October 29th, 2010
3:03 pm

Just goes to show what a bunch of idiots make comments on these blogs. Just because a guy hit .319 one year and one the NL batting title… wait bad example.

Like the old saying goes- “Those who can’t- teach”. Thus, his .263 average should make him a much better hitting coach than an actual hitter. Wow. Do I really have to spell it out for you guys?

mackdad

October 29th, 2010
3:04 pm

TXDawg…..I wholeheartedly agree with your comments….someone fresh to the organization/motivated to prove his worth…..

good selection as far as I’m concerned.

Joe in SoCal

October 29th, 2010
3:04 pm

TXDawg…if you read my post you’ll see I said he may be a better coach than player..however, he has virtually no experience as a hitting coach so what are they basing their justification on..the only thing I see so far is Wren’s comments as to his “very impressive” career numbers and as I said earlier a .263 average is nothing short of average. I do hope he’s good at it as the choice has been made. Yes, more does go into hitting the ball than just hitting it, however, a good above average hitter is just that ABOVE average.

Chumlee

October 29th, 2010
3:05 pm

I was hoping it would be that slugger Ken Oberkfell

sleeze

October 29th, 2010
3:05 pm

I guess they couldn’t convince Troy Glaus to stay on as batting coach???

Otis Nixon

October 29th, 2010
3:05 pm

I love CRACK

ATLien

October 29th, 2010
3:06 pm

Be honest..who knew who Larry parrish was before this week?

Nittany Lion

October 29th, 2010
3:06 pm

I hope he has fresh ideas like ” don’t watch strikes go by’ and “don’t swing at pitches in the dirt”.

Mr Polygraph

October 29th, 2010
3:07 pm

Oh Boy! A team whose offense kept them from being a valid, go all the way, contender is now going to be tutored by an ex big league catcher with one year experience (minor league and 15 years ago) as a hitting instructor.

Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy! He must have been on the Bob Uecker plan…. ya know the one where he signed to play for a $1000…. because that was all his family could afford to pay.

Wait!! I’m sorry. Wren made the hire so it must be gold. Right? I mean the guy walks on water.

AZBravoFan

October 29th, 2010
3:08 pm

Joe in So Cal:
Come on now! You have NO idea what kind of hitting coach Larry Parrish will be. The Dodgers were one of the worst hitting teams this year – much worse that the Braves even. Who was their hitting coach? Must have been someone who was a really poor hitter as a player. Oh that’s right, it was Don Mattingly.

Reid in EAV

October 29th, 2010
3:08 pm

I couldn’t care less what average, OBP or OPS a coach posted in his playing days. Let’s take two guys: one who rolls out of bed, swings at anything near the plate, and posts a .900 OPS purely from sheer ability.

Next, imagine a career backup catcher, .245 BA, without a ton of natural ability, who got all his hits by working counts and getting fat ones.

Who knows more about hitting? Not the first guy.

bravofan52

October 29th, 2010
3:08 pm

as long as he wasn;t a student of charlie lao welcome

ATLien

October 29th, 2010
3:08 pm

@ Nittany Lion no isssh ! good one!

Jethro

October 29th, 2010
3:08 pm

Why couldn’t they hire the psychic that could channel Ted Williams? Geez….

NORRIS

October 29th, 2010
3:08 pm

Im cool with that. I mean we could have hired anything and it been better than pendleton

extremus

October 29th, 2010
3:09 pm

Let’s see how things pan out before we declare this move to be a success or failure. Parrish may have a very limited resume as a hitting coach, but he was a solid MLB player and has handled other coaching and managerial positions with some success.

The argument that he only has one year as a hitting instructor is kind of like Hanley Ramirez telling Freddi Gonzalez that he was never a Major League player; it’s a blanket dismissal of the man without giving him the chance to prove his worth, and makes no logical sense. For instance, I honestly don’t know what Leo Mazzone accomplished as a pitcher before joining Bobby Cox’s coaching staff, but what he did with three young pitchers (Glavine, Smoltz, Avery) developed them (and others) into some of history’s best hurlers. If Parrish fails then it’s a bad move by the Braves; but until then let’s reserve our judgment. It CAN’T be worse than 2010 under him, can it???

Mr Polygraph

October 29th, 2010
3:09 pm

“This was a management decision and I believe it was a great move. LARRY Parrish will be just fine and so will Fredi and the Braves…………”

So what makes you think it will be a great move? What is your reasoning? The Braves made this move so it’s great? Is that the reason?

Owl Hunter

October 29th, 2010
3:10 pm

Joe in So Cal

Parrish does have pretty good power numbers, especially for a catcher in his era. It doesn’t matter, though, because he wasn’t hired to actually hit the ball. I get what you’re saying about his lack of experience as a hitting coach, but he’s a good baseball man, and deserves a chance. His major league numbers are pretty meaningless in the situation.

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 29th, 2010
3:10 pm

Okay Joe, understood. We just tend to get posters bashing our teams before there’s a complete body of work on which to base anything. I’m with you, hopefully he’ll pan out.

Nittany Lion, I couldn’t have said it any better….lol.

Kreate

October 29th, 2010
3:10 pm

I was hoping for Tom Paciorek.

oldladybravesfan

October 29th, 2010
3:13 pm

Change is always hard….but you just have to wait and see what is delivered…

What a joke

October 29th, 2010
3:14 pm

Billie read what Wren said about Teaching…if you can read.

Great pick up Fredi…Go Braves

Andy K.

October 29th, 2010
3:15 pm

90% of the above posts are why I never comment anymore…the old days of the DOB blog are gone…

Sir Whiff-a-Lot

October 29th, 2010
3:15 pm

Three holdovers on the coaching staff? I guess Terry Pendleton doesn’t count as a holdover since he is now just the first base coach. I think Terry should have been the bench coach. Heck, I could coach first base. If I remember anything about Parrish, he was prone to striking out quite a bit…should fit in well with the free swinging Brave hitters.

Owl Hunter

October 29th, 2010
3:16 pm

Sir Whiff-a-lot

Who would you hire instead of Parrish? Don’t say Chipper’s dad.

ATLien

October 29th, 2010
3:17 pm

What a joke — read into what Wren did with the late season moves

Kenny D

October 29th, 2010
3:17 pm

Are you kidding me ! The Braves will be like the Marlins in 2011 !

chc4

October 29th, 2010
3:18 pm

Bashing the hitting coach hire… you jokers are hilarious!

LAG

October 29th, 2010
3:19 pm

extremus, you get it. To your point, Leo Mazzone never even made it to the bigs as a pitcher.

Rico Brogna

October 29th, 2010
3:19 pm

Damn, I thought I would get the hitting coach job!

Bobby Dicks (Braves Manager)

October 29th, 2010
3:21 pm

You would think they could have hired someone that knew how to hit,….. for a hitting coach. MIss me yet?

O-me

October 29th, 2010
3:21 pm

Well you can’t please everyone…..

Blake the Snake

October 29th, 2010
3:22 pm

Owl Hunter hit the nail on the head – Hire Chipper’s Dad or make Chipper a player/coach

Joe in SoCal

October 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

Its true there is some debate as to whether a hitting instructor can actually make a difference at the Major League level. My above comments were really more of shot at the mindset of Frank Wren and what he thinks of as “very impressive”. Thats the part the scares me the most. I really would not like to see another off season of acquisitions similar to last years where we need to count on people having career years. One, possibly two people on the roster doing that is reasonable but not everyone you pick up.The past being the most relevant to future behaviour, its a bit disconcerting no?

Tommy

October 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

I’m glad to see they have moved TP out of the role of hitting coach. I think a new st of eyes and new word will help Heyward. Parrish has been around the game a long time. Ted Williams was the best hitter the game ever saw but he could not manage or coach. Give Parrish a chance. Who can name the hitting coach for either team in the playoffs right now? I didn’t think so …. my point is neither could I but, TP we all know did not get the job done. Good move Braves.

Nittany Lion

October 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

When Jason Heyward gets into a slump next year I don’t know if you wnat him going to a hitting coach with no proven experience with MLB hitters to fix his swing. Are you comfortable with sending Heyward or Prado or anyone to this guy for help? Granted McCann will go to his Dad and so will Chipper.

Reid in EAV

October 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

@Andy K.: agree. DOB used to swing the sarcasm whip regularly to eliminate the ignorant. Now I think he’s stretched too thin… or is tired of the uphill battle. I can hardly blame him.

tony

October 29th, 2010
3:25 pm

I should have applied for the job, considering no experience was necessary.

Old man

October 29th, 2010
3:25 pm

Boy, the “experts on everything” jumped on this very quick. Their comments would be the same regardless of who was hired. They don’t care who it was, just want to bitch.

I don’t know that he will be a good coach but am willing to give him a chance. Till then I support the choice.

Jim

October 29th, 2010
3:25 pm

I liked Larry Parrish as a player and I look forward to what he will bring to our coaching staff. I also like how we hear speculation about one candidate and we end up with someone else. It’s almost as if it’s Frank Wren’s style to go away from what everyone else is expecting.

Abnerish

October 29th, 2010
3:26 pm

Let the Presley bashing cease and the Parrish bashing to begin!!

lee

October 29th, 2010
3:26 pm

for those who talk about his only one year of being a hitting is going to be his downfall–are you kidding me?? wow!! lets see he has been a Manager in BOTH the major and minor leagues, he has been an assistant coach in the major leagues, and he has been a major league scout!! Now seems that being a hitting coach requires communication and understanding how your players are thinking and feeling. So, all of those different positions Parrish has held would help in understanding how his players are thinking. i mean, for all you who are screaming about “experience,” we have had a guy doing the job for what 12 yrs that has had 12 yrs to be terrible and not able to communicate to his players. Parrish has so much more experience up and down the line in so many different areas of experience that he can bring to helping Braves players be better hitters

STH

October 29th, 2010
3:26 pm

Are you kidding me ??? I hope he does well but are you kidding me again????? I I truely hope by next season we make one major change, that being we dont have a bunch of IDIOTS posting the word first trying to be the first blogger! Get a life dude, man just talk baseball, if you have not noticed no one cares, we read bloggers and venters, not some idiot screaming first!

O-me

October 29th, 2010
3:27 pm

Bobby Dicks ?…. no-bama had no experience for President?? Damn I see what you mean.

STH

October 29th, 2010
3:29 pm

I would have rather gotten Barry Bonds, and believe me I do not wish for Bonds to be our hitting instructor! I can hear him now: if you find a way to sneak a little hgh you could…..well hit 762 hr and 70 in 1 season but never help win a ring…….

Bud Flu

October 29th, 2010
3:29 pm

5 words……Oddibe McDowell.

Fish Bisch

October 29th, 2010
3:29 pm

I’ve already phoned the ticket office to cancel my season tickets.

ATLien

October 29th, 2010
3:29 pm

Yea DOB is a baseball Genius! you can tell by that sweet leather jacket !

Tale of Woe

October 29th, 2010
3:30 pm

Hmmm…They hire a hitting coach who might have aspirations to manage in the big leagues again…I bet you that Chipper is our hitting coach within 2 years.

double

October 29th, 2010
3:30 pm

The more things change the more they remain the same.I think this manager is a fluke.Marlins have good management,and if this guy been worth a crap he would still be with Marlins.

O-me

October 29th, 2010
3:31 pm

Give Parrish a chance…its not the end of the world.

Reid…DOB does a great job!

Terry

October 29th, 2010
3:32 pm

I hope he does a great job, but I’d rather see someone like Howie McCann, Brian’s dad.

Owl Hunter

October 29th, 2010
3:32 pm

Larry Parrish won’t be the reason we win or lose next year. He’s the hitting coach.

Mr. Enigma

October 29th, 2010
3:33 pm

So many tools on this board.

Rudy Jaramillo is probably the best hitting coach out there right now. He never even made it to the major leagues. He only played 4 years in the minors with a career batting average of .258.

At this point, anyone would be better than Terry Pendleton. He’s been the hitting coach since 2001 and it’s very clear his voice had become stale.

All of you griping about this sound like Hanley, who criticized Fredi for “never playing in the big leagues so he doesn’t get it”.

Owl Hunter

October 29th, 2010
3:33 pm

double

MARLINS HAVE GOOD MANAGEMENT?!?!?!?!?!? REALLY?

Fred

October 29th, 2010
3:33 pm

Fish Bisch, I’ll buy your tickets, thanks.

Doug

October 29th, 2010
3:34 pm

Amazing how many genuises here are certain the Parrish will be a poor hitting coach. The proof afterall, is that he was only an “average” hitter himself. Red Auerbach could never be a good coach then right?? How bout Phil Jackson?? Bobby Cox, Tommy Lasorda and Sparky Anderson will never make it as managers…Some of the posters here are so clueless it is unbelieveable.

JD

October 29th, 2010
3:35 pm

This is a good pick, you haters let it go…your expectations for hitting coach were far too high. An argument could be made that he couldn’t do any worse than TP, so give the guy a running head start and lets see how he does….

ATLien

October 29th, 2010
3:35 pm

yea..we need a scoring runs coach and a dont make any errors coach ! to h*ll with a freakin hitting coach!

STH

October 29th, 2010
3:35 pm

Is it too late to put Parrish at first and Pendelton at hitting coach?

Matt

October 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

Good lord people, he’s the friggin hitting coach. Who cares.

Tommy

October 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

How many of you guys ever here of Dave Hudgens? It would be my guess not many. He is one of the most sought after hitting coaches in the game. What he says is the gospel from the major leagues all the way down to tee ball. Now we can throw around names all day but very few guys really know how to teach hitting. And Dave Hudgens is one of those guys he is the guru. Its not Chippers dad or McCanns dad. Yea, it worked for Chipper and they are great players. But Larry Sr. caught on with a MLB team as an instructor or running camps for MLB players? I know he doesn’t need the money but if he has a special gift would he not want to share it with someone other than chipper and some high school kids?

FJR

October 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

The people bashing his numbers, are you serious? .263 for a catcher in the 70’s was CRAZY good. He posted a .900+ OPS season once. Brian McCann has only posted 1 .900+ OPS season.

In fact, if you look at his career #’s and subtract off the tail end of his long career, and consider it was the ’70’s and not the steroid era, he actually compares very favorably with McCann, and perhaps hit for more power.

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