Detroit Tigers: 5 terrible decisions from the 2022 season

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 17: Manager A.J. Hinch #14 of the Detroit Tigers reacts in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on September 17, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 17: Manager A.J. Hinch #14 of the Detroit Tigers reacts in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on September 17, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /
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Keeping Scott Coolbaugh around all season

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DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 30: Riley Greene #31 of the Detroit Tigers talks with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh #53 during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park on August 30, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

This is one you were probably all expecting. I’ve been beating the “fire Coolbaugh” drum pretty much all season long. This an offense that has been historically bad all year, with multiple hitters having career-worst seasons. That’s not a coincidence. That’s a systemic issue.

Look, I’ve said all that can be said about this. There’s 10 games left in the season, and I’d be shocked if they didn’t hire a new hitting coach this offseason. But this is one of the reasons why Hinch has fallen out of favor with some fans.

Keeping the hitting coach around when your team is horrible offensively just makes it look like you don’t actually care about the team. While I highly doubt Hinch actually feels that way, I can certainly see why some fans would jump to that conclusion.

The Detroit Tigers will likely start anew at the hitting coach position this offseason. Better late than never, I suppose.