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Detroit Tigers need a to find hitting coaches to take them in a new direction

Tyler Kotila
Mar 11, 2015; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh (47) talks with shortstop J.J. Hardy (2) prior to the spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2015; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh (47) talks with shortstop J.J. Hardy (2) prior to the spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Detroit Tigers need to find hitting coaches with a new philosophy.

The Detroit Tigers made some end-of-the-season moves on Friday, which included relieving some of the hitting coach staff of their duties. The announcement came after the offense struggled mightily under the watch of Scott Coolbaugh.

The Detroit Tigers parted ways with Scott Coolbaugh and Josh Paul. While many have been hoping for Coolbaugh’s departure for months, the news finally arrived. They made some other moves as well, offering Player Development positions to Mike Hessman and Ramon Santiago.

The focal point of their announcement was that the team will search for new hitting coaches. While this is important, and finding a new hitting coach may take some time, there is something bigger at play here.

Frankly, the search for a new hitting coach will go deeper than just finding replacements for Coolbaugh and Paul. They will need to bring in coaches who have a new philosophy. The Tigers’ offense was horrendous in 2022, and things have to change moving forward.

It’s not just about direction but also about philosophy for the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers hitters need a new direction with a new philosophy to guide it. While I do not know the philosophy that Coolbaugh employed, it certainly was not one that fit with these hitters or helped them perform well.

For the Tigers, they need to find hitting coaches that align with the way A.J. Hinch wants to do things. Hinch now has some time under his belt with this group of players. Even with impending changes to the roster, there’s gotta be a better direction for the team’s hitting coaches to take.

With the guidance of Hinch, there should be hope to find hitting coaches who have a philosophy that breeds better performance. In 2023, this type of performance from the offense should be deemed unacceptable.

There have to be improvements from the offense, and a new philosophy to get these hitters on track next season is a good starting point. While Scott Harris has his work cut out for him in the President of Baseball Operations chair, Hinch can help work through that hiring process.

Ultimately the two need to find a staff that helps the hitters by bringing a new philosophy to the table. While Harris has made it clear that he wants to dominate the strike zone, they need to find coaches with a philosophy that aligns with doing that.

Winning at-bats, not being too aggressive or too passive. Working with hitters to be able to find an approach that works best. Building an identity for what it means to be a Detroit Tigers hitter and getting the hitters to buy into what’s being coached.

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It seems like an easy concept, but it’s going to be huge for the Tigers to execute this as they head to the 2023 season with a new set of coaches.

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