Don wrote:Pitching Coaches:
I would like to see Kranitz return becuase I think the limitations were the result of playing the matchup game with the manager and not the development of the young pitchers. He grabs their ears and they listen and work with him. What can truly be gained from one instructor to another. In reality and trust me, there is little differences between guys other than in between start regimens. But I will play along....
1. Chuck Hernandez - He has worked with youth in the past and seen good results with many teams. He is in the Phillies organization this season, but it would not surprise me one bit if he already landed another job. He is that good.
2. Dave Schmitt - A current roving instructor has worked with almost the entire staff for season and has a good knowledge base for the game. Former Oriole would work well for the crowd.
Datz is a solid guy, but as your bench coach he has to be the extension of the manager. They usually want someone rather close to them. I would not be surprised to see Wakamatsu because of the history. Wakamatsu may or may not be burned out be his stint with the Mariners and may take time from the game.
1. Dwanye Murphy - Good baseball mind that has solid experience as hitting coach, base coach, and years of roving instructor. He, along with Butterfield, were the first two coaches to join Buck. At the very least, he could be a guy for first base next season.
2. Butterfield - Again, history with Buck takes him to the top of the list.
What is nice is that bothguys come from winning staffs that know what it taeks for teams to reach the next level.
Well I am a Crowley supporter, but I will play along.
1. Jaramillo - He is one of the better ones in the game and may not stick around with Cubs after this season.
2. Rick Dowd - Favorite of Buck and a former Orioles hitting coach when Davey was manager.
On the off chance that Mark Connor isn't our new pitching coach, I would love to have Dave Schmitt. Heck, we might as well look at Mike Flannagan, I did like what he did as the pitching coach. Plus then we'd never have to hear his annoying voice in the broadcast booth. We might as well start fitting Connor for his Orioles jersey because I guarantee that he'll be involved in some way, even if it's not as the pitching coach. Connor is Buck's Dave Duncan (not as good mind you, but you catch my drift).
Bench coach, I think Buck would lean towards Wakamatsu simply because he was his bench coach with the Rangers and he and Buck are good friends. Butterfield would be my next bet. The ideal one for me would be Jerry Manuel, but since Randolph is probably getting the Brewers job, Manuel will follow Randolph and be his bench coach. A dark horse candidate: Gary Allenson. Very smart baseball man, and he's been around. He might be a mediocre third base coach, but I could definitely see him as a bench coach.
Hitting coach, again I'd LOVE to see a former Oriole here. Surhoff or Hoiles would make the most sense, I've always thought that both of them would make good coaches. Funny thing, Jaramillo was Buck's hitting coach in Texas so they do have a history.
Dunn's job is in question. If Connor isn't the new pitching coach, there's a very good chance that he'll simply be the new bullpen coach. I'd also like to see a former Oriole here.