First Pitch: Firing the Hitting Coach

First Pitch: Firing the Hitting Coach

Earlier today, David Todd brought up an interesting subject on Twitter. He posted the numbers of Matt Diaz and Lyle Overbay last year, then showed their numbers this year. Since I have a little bit more room to work here than on Twitter, I'll expand those numbers.

Matt Diaz, 2011, Pittsburgh Pirates: .627 OPS in 216 at-bats

Matt Diaz, 2012, Atlanta Braves: .851 OPS in 41 at-bats

It's a small sample size (as David noted), but Diaz looked finished in 2011, and he's hitting again in 2012. I'll also add that most of his success this year has come against left handers (1.098 OPS in 27 at-bats vs .378 OPS against right handers in 14 at-bats). Diaz was brought in last year because of his success against left handers. He hit for a .692 OPS in 132 at-bats against left handers, with a .550 OPS ag...

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