The Dodgers’ three-headed hitting coach is down to two heads, as the Marlins and new manager Skip Schumaker are hiring Brant Brown as their new hitting coach. Ken Rosenthal tweeted on Sunday that it was a possibility, and within a couple hours it was a done deal.
Brant Brown is the new Marlins hitting coach per sources. @Ken_Rosenthal first noted earlier today Marlins were targeting him for the position.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) November 27, 2022
L.A.’s hitting coach situation has been complicated the last few years. Prior to the 2019 season, Los Angeles hired Robert Van Scoyoc as hitting coach, promoted minor-league hitting coordinator Aaron Bates to assistant hitting coach, and promoted Brown from assistant hitting coach to hitting strategist.
Now Brown heads to Miami in another promotion, which leaves the Dodgers in an interesting situation. Do they promote Bates (as Bill Plunkett says is likely) and hire a new assistant? Do they stick with just two hitting coaches? Or do they go full Hydra and replace Brown with two new coaches?
It’s hard for the public to really know what specific role Brown played as hitting strategist, so it’s hard to know how big a hole he leaves with his departure. L.A.’s approach has been somewhat unique since they hired Van Scoyoc, who never played professionally but was instrumental in helping Chris Taylor and JD Martinez go from mediocre hitters to legitimate stars. Bates and Brown both played in the big leagues, but neither was a star.
The other shoe may drop soon as we see how the Dodgers respond to the loss of Brown, but congratulations to him on the new gig.
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