If You Can’t Play, Coach: Do Bad MLB Players Really Make Good Coaches?

Posted: 13th November 2009 by Cliff Eastham in MLB
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I am sure you have heard the ages old adage, "If you can't play, coach." I have been hearing that from the time I followed the sport in the late 1950s. Can it be true? I mean, you can look at teams all across the fruited plain who are replete with hitting coaches who barely batted above the Mendoza line . I always wondered how Charlie Lau (may he rest in peace) ever got his first gig as a hitting instructor in the big leagues. He authored the book "How to Hit .300" which was highly successful. I have an important question at this point. How do you write a book about something which you know nothing about? I am not knocking Lau here. He proved to be an excellent hitting coach throughout his career. I mean look at George Brett, Frank Thomas, Pudge Fisk, Hal McRae and even Mark McGwire. A pre ...

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