This offseaon the Brewers hired Johnny Narron as the new hitting coach to replace Dale Sveum. Was this the right move? Did he have enough credentials? How will he compare to Dale Sveum? After two months of the MLB season we can start to evaluate his performance. The offense statistically Is performing ok. The issue is consitancy and approach. It seems to me like Johnny Narron cannot notice the small veriances in a players swing that can make them go from an All star to a .150 batting average. In the case of Rickie Weeks it comes down to timing mechanism. His bat waggle sets his swing and is his timing mechanism in his swing. Could there be a slight veriance from prior years? I don't know, but i am not the hitting coach. Rickie Weeks needs a good hitting coach to help keep his swing in order.
Next we have Brooks Conrad. He was tearing it up in AAA. Before his first call up he was hitting around .400. He gets called up and goes 0-21. He gets sent back down and starts hitting .400 again. When he was asked what the difference was he said that his hitting coach in AAA noticed his hand were starting lower in his stance which caused his swing to start slower and inturn late on pitches. Why didnt the MLB hitting coach catch this? It seems like one of the first things you would look at.
Now we need to ask our selves who else could we have had? I say that Sandy Guerrero should have gotten the job. Who is Sandy Guerrero you may ask? He was the hitting coach for AA huntsville from 03-08 then from 09-11 he was the hitting coach for AAA Nashville. He was called up to the MLB in 2010 as interim hitting coach for the Dale Sveum led Brewers. Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, and Ryan Braun have all sung his praise. He has also thrown to Weeks, Prince(twice) and Hart for the Homerun Derby. He is currently the Brewers Minor League Hitting Coordinator.
With Sandy Guerrero still in the organization and Johnny Narron struggling to help anyone one the team, why is he still on the team? Could it be that his brother is the bench coach or is it because he kept Josh Hamilton mostly sober. Whatever the reason may be he should be shown the door right now.