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Hitting coach Parrish takes fall for Braves

Posted on: September 30, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 4:33 pm
By Matt Snyder

More staff changes
We just witnessed two pretty historic collapses over the course of the past month or so. The Red Sox and Braves both blew huge leads in the respective wild-card races and missed out on the playoffs. In Boston's case, Terry Francona is out as manager. The Braves have retained manager Fredi Gonzalez, but made one staff change: Hitting coach Larry Parrish has been fired (Danny Knobler via Twitter).

"When you have the last month we did, you know things are possible," Parrish said (Knobler).

During that month, the Braves hit just .235 with a .300 OBP and scored only 87 runs in 27 games. Worst of all, they had no punch, with a .357 slugging percentage and only 22 homers. The season as a whole doesn't look great, either. They ranked 11th in the NL in runs scored, 13th in batting average, 14th in OBP and 10th in slugging.

The interesting thing here is that Gonzalez previously said the entire coaching staff would be back. Then again, maybe this wasn't his call and he wasn't aware a change was going to be made.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:14 pm

Hitting coach Parrish takes fall for Braves

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Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:41 am

Hitting coach Parrish takes fall for Braves

; Larry Parrish should probably move on, it's not an issue to see him go. The real problem here is philosophy, and that comes from the head coach, freddie needs to change that and communicate it to the other coaches (hitting) In effect the Braves were coached as an American league team this year, but without the extra bat that brings to the lineup. Dan Uggla is a DH, and a good one he mostly resembles Jim Thome in my estimation. Uggla's defense is horrid, he did play...OK but in the major leagues you just can not play OK. The Braves made a major trade to get some pop, and they did, but it never filtered down in the organization, to get guys on base in front of the power. Freddies lieup was different way to many times. Being a major league batter is a timing and rhythm thing (well a little athletic talent as well) and if that is not granted, or allowed to blossom, then you will have what happened to the braves this year, apathetic batting averages, plenty of pop, but no body was an on base machine. The Braves need to play like a National league team, keep uggla, let him rip away, but teach guys how to grind out at bats, take a walk, steal a base, move the runner over, use all fields. It does not have to be small ball, but it should at least be National league style. Wren needs to pay attention to what is going on with this team, and this coach, it seems to me that the Braves ended up every bit as "Off" as the marlins did when freddie was coaching, it should be obvious that he needs some mentoring or well, maybe a change of venue. The whole end of the season was mismanaged, the bull pen shepherding was ridiculous, the lieups were horrendous, and some of the choices were simply put, very poor, there is a time and place for squeezes and such, I think those were very poorly handled. My two cents worth, I love the braves, not fond of garcia, not fond of parrish, and really not fond of the direction our philosophy has headed, change directions boys or we will keep doing this...unfortunately.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:10 am

Hitting coach Parrish takes fall for Braves

GET RID OF HEYWARD!  The Braves should have traded him for Hunter Pence when they had the chance. He's too fragile and not disciplined enough at the plate. He will never amount to anything. GET RID OF LOWE No explaination needed.  This team needs some solid hitting to go along with our great pitching.  I hate to say this but I believe Chipper should retire, he's outlived his usefulness.  Time for a change, couldn't care less about sentimentality. Winning is all that matters!  I'm sure the money he's made will comfort him in his retirement.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:58 pm

Hitting coach Parrish takes fall for Braves

The pitch coach (RM) didn't help any at season end--letting Venters and Kimbrell labor in stress situations with little previous experience and NO mound visits-encouragement from him. LOT of blame to go around--#! is WHY pitch Lowe at ALL--he is washed up! No way in HELL eas he going to win #161--pitiful choice.

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:45 pm

Hitting coach Parrish takes fall for Braves

;     Like the previous user said someone has to be a scapegoat having a monumental collapse such as this one, and while I agree that Larry Parrish was not a fit for the Braves that we hoped he would be. I think what is more important is that whoever the new hitting coach is that we get someone who has a different hitting philosphy about them. This Braves team is notorious and has been even when Bobby Cox was our manager on waiting for Home Runs to be our offense. We need to bring in a hitting coach who emphasizes scoring runs in different ways not just the long ball. So many times this Braves offense would have runners on base, and the foremost thought among the fans would be if there isn't a home run hit here then those guys won't score.

Case and Point:

Alex Gonzalez: 15 home runs very good for a shortstop. 241. average / 126 strike outs and only 22 walks not so much. 250. average with RISP (Ok) 148. average with RISP with 2 outs (dreadful)

Dan Uggla: We got what we wanted from him and a little more Home run wise 36 home runs, 233. average not too good in fact the lowest of his career and this for a guy who is not known for batting average (think of how low it would be without the 33 game hitting streak), and considering he only had 82 RBIs and had 36 home runs means more than half of his RBIs came on Home runs. 231. batting average with RISP. Not too good at all for a guy who is supposed to be your RBI guy.

Jason Heyward: 14 home runs is even pedestrian for someone of his ceiling, but a 227. average after hitting 277. last season is the most obvious signal of distress on this Braves club in terms of hitters at the moment. RISP Heyward hit 218.

Martin Prado: 13 home runs hit this season which is the 2nd most hit in a season during his career. I really expected better than the 260. average that he posted. Players do have down years but we really needed more from Martin and seeing how he was a bit timid at times at the plate. Someone took something from him that was there last season when he hit 307.

Brian McCann - 24 Home Runs matches his career high from 2006. The batting average of 270. this season after hitting near 300. at the all-star break is attributed to the hurt oblique obtained in the infamous Jerry Meals Pittsburgh game during the 10th inning. Another one of McCann's woes came when being moved from his 4th spot in the lineup. McCann hit 320. in 200 plate appearences hitting from the 4th spot in the lineup. During the stretch run Fredi had McCann primarily hitting from the 5th spot which he hit a paltry 171.

Some of these things are well out of a hitting coaches control such as players like Uggla who have an exclusive power hitter who is spotty with batting average, but as I have said and tried to illustrate with that point above all of the guys above had double digit home runs which is good, but all had career lows in averages except for Alex Gonzalez in over 500 appearence hit 232. for with the Marlins in 2004. The philosphy needs get the hits, draw the walks, and the home run numbers will come. Like me I am tickled pink about Uggla's 36 home runs. However, I would rather have someone who hit 300 and only hit 20 home runs over Uggla's production although we got what we paid for power wise from him.

The new hitting coach needs to devote Spring Training exclusively to hitting them where they ain't to use the old baseball adage. Need to teach these hitters where the gaps are more and how to attack those gaps. Secondly, most of these guys need to learn a better command of the strike zone. One thing this lineup hasn't done well for years is working up the opposing pitcher's pitch count. I often see Opposing pitchers get 5-7 Pitch innings off of us. Thirdly, teach guys to be more comfortable with their stance, and again this needs to be worked out in spring training when the games don't matter. Not half way through the season. Like Prado, he used the same stance all season but for most of the season you could tell he was uncomfortable with it for some reason.

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:58 am

Hitting coach Parrish takes fall for Braves

Parrish for now. If the Braves get off to a slow start next year I think Gonzalez will be Gonzo as well !!

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 8:14 am

Hitting coach Parrish takes fall for Braves

For having so much respect around the league (as people said/reported), he didn't seem to have a good feel for motivating the Braves players. The best thing about the season from a hitting perspective was Dan Uggla's 30+ game streak. McCann and Chipper seem to have better success with hitting after they have an off day to visit with their dads. Maybe that's who the Braves should hire. Still, even 2010 was better with Terry Pendleton and though i'm sure the Braves aren't going back in that direction, I'd prefer that with Glenn Hubbard back as a coach. Part of this whole collapse is put on the injuries of key starters Hanson and Jurrjens. Somehow, I don't remember injuries affecting Leo Mazzone's staff with Glavine, Smoltz, Avery, Maddux, Millwood, etc. Maybe more than Parrish needs to be considered for taking responsibility. Either way, in a few years we'll probably have Chipper as hitting coach and Glavine or Smoltz as pitching coach (or somebody will). 

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2011 8:06 pm

Hitting coach Parrish takes fall for Braves

I guess they had to do something.  Can't have a collapse like that without somebody taking the fall.

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