Per the Twitters, the Dodgers have fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland and replaced him on an interim basis with Dave Hansen. Pentland had been the “secondary” hitting instructor behind Don Mattingly since 2008 before ascending to the primary job.
I realize that someone was going to have to pay the price here, and when the team can’t hit, the hitting coach is the first to go. Fine; I don’t have any particular sadness over the loss of Jeff Pentland. Just don’t forget the collection of players we’re talking about. With the possible exception of Juan Uribe, are James Loney, Rod Barajas, Dioner Navarro and the rest really doing much worse than you thought? How about Marcus Thames and Jay Gibbons, who didn’t even make it through July? We always expected them to be bad. They’re bad. No surprise there, and it’s hard to pin the fact that neither Casey Blake nor Rafael Furcal can stay healthy on him either. Besides, that doesn’t even include the fact that Matt Kemp is having the best year of his career, Aaron Miles has been surprisingly good, and even Tony Gwynn has been very good lately.
But yeah, you’re right. It’s totally on Jeff Pentland.