Dodgers News: Loss of Hitting Coach Brant Brown ‘Tough’ For Max Muncy
This offseason, the Dodgers lost more than talent on the field, the club also lost talent in the coaches well. In November, long-time assistant hitting coach, Brant Brown, left LA for a job in Miami. Brown was a trusted coach among players and someone who usually selflessly spend hours on end working and talking hitting year-round for guys like Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy, among others.
While Bellinger is off in Chicago now, Muncy recently talked to Dodgers Nation about the loss of Brownie. Catching up with our Doug McKain earlier in January, Max shared his thoughts on Brown as well as the future with him gone to the east coast.
“I think it’ll be a big loss. But Aaron Bates is stepping in and I love Batesy, and I think he’s got a lot of good ideas. For me personally, it hurts a lot. I worked very closely with Brant for the last four, five years. And going back to when we cut Turner Ward loose, or he took the job with the Reds, I worked very closely with Brant for all those years. And so, for him being gone, that one’s going to be a tough one for me. But, I also love Batesy and of course I love Rob [Van Scoyoc]. Rob’s great, so we got two guys who are going to work well together I think.”
Still remaining in LA is lead hitting coach, Rob Van Scoyoc and co-hitting coach Aaron Bates, so familiarity is there for Max and the rest of the returning club. Additionally, the Dodgers added slugger J.D. Martinez, whose batting acumen essentially makes him an unofficial coach on the roster.
Muncy, who also shared that he would love to eventually retire as a Dodger, became a threat in the batter’s box in LA. Certainly, Brant Brown helped play a part in that. But even with Brown gone, Max is in good hands.
Good! The next hitting coach should also be the how not to strike out coach!
If the players u r coaching as a hitting coach r hitting @ 200-220BA, NOT a great sign you are a good hitting coach. Stop the elevated swing would be a good starting point along with not swinging for the fences on every pitch. Just make good contact. There were 3 big holes in the batting order, making the bottom half of the lineup a major nonfactor.
Seriously, the two worst hitters the last 2 years worked endlessly with this guy. Not a loss. Muncy needs to work with someone else, change his approach, or live in like Bellinger did. Thank you Brown for your service enjoy Miami.