By the end of the 2021 season, Detroit TigersIt seemed like hitting coach Scott Culpo was sitting in the catbird seat, having had career-best seasons out of most veteran hitters. One year later, Coolbaugh was persona non grata after the brutal reversal of fortune for those same batters. This is the life of a hitting coach.
Scott Harris, the new president of baseball operations, has made it clear that he and manager A.J. Hinch want to craft a different approach to coaching and developing hitters. Today Harris has taken great strides toward that end, hiring three new hitting coaches to his major league staff.
Most notable of these hires is Michael Bardar, who will be the major league hitting coach, with other employees as his assistants. Brdar is an interesting choice as a 28-year-old hitting coach who has led a team San Diego Padres The year is 2022. If the Tigers can lure him away they show some commitment to taking down the man they wanted. However, Baradar’s many ties to the Tigers’ leadership presumably made this a little easier.
Baradar is a California native who studied economics and played baseball at the University of Michigan, and crossed paths there with Tigers pitching coach Chris Vitter. After a year of minor league ball in the St. Louis Cardinals Organization, Beradar went into training. He worked as a program assistant for U of M baseball for two seasons. has been set before San Francisco Giants During Harris’ tenure as general manager as a minor league hitting coordinator, before being named the head league hitting coach for the Padres following the 2021 season.
With Beradar, two more experienced coaches will come as his assistants. The first is 46-year-old James Rawson. Rowson was drafted back in 1994 by Seattle Mariners He played in the minors for a few seasons before moving on to a 20-year coaching career. He was the minor league hitting coordinator for the New York Yankees From 2008-2011, before he was appointed by Chicago Cubs. Rowson took over as the Cubs’ head hitting coach in June of 2012, but was not retained in that role and returned to the Yankees as a minor league coordinator until he was named the major league hitting coach. Minnesota Twins Again in 2017. After the 2019 season, Rowson left to join the Miami Marlins. He has been the Marlins’ bench coach and de facto number one hitting coach ever since.
Beauregard graduated from Leominster High in Leominster, Massachusetts in 2001 and played college ball at Saint Anselm College before playing independent league ball for a few years. He found his way into coaching and was the assistant baseball coach at Santa Clara University for five seasons. Eventually, Beauregard was hired as the minor league hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgersand was promoted to assistant minor league field coordinator in 2021.
The Tigers seemed intent on expanding their coaching staff to try and add different perspectives and areas of responsibility, and they’ve followed that up from here. We’ll have to see what the division of labor is once the club is back in business. Also unsurprising are the ties to the Cubs, Dodgers, and Giants. In general, it is difficult to say much, but on the surface this looks like a good group of coaching talents with a mixture of youth and experience.
The Tigers hire Ryne Eubanks as the head athletic trainer
With Doug Teeter moving to the Lakeland complex, the team needed a new head athletic trainer, and they announced the hiring of Ryne Eubanks to the role on Tuesday. Eubanks was the assistant athletic trainer for the California State University Arizona Diamondbacks For the past three seasons, and I’ve spent the previous six seasons as the coach and medical coordinator for the Diamondbacks’ farm system. He holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science, and a master’s in athletic training from the University of Arkansas.
If you’re a strength and conditioning coach, the Tigers are still hiring.