Jaramillo’s available to help hitters
SAN FRANCISCO — Rarely would I advocate removing somebody from his or her job, particularly in the current economic climate. And maybe I’m too much of a softie, but I’m not going to make Carney Lansford an exception. I have trouble blaming Lansford for the Giants’ subpar offense during the 2009 season. From what I could detect, he taught the right principles. Problem was, too many guys didn’t pay enough attention.
That said, if the Giants decline to retain Lansford, as has been rumored, an excellent replacement is available: Rudy Jaramillo. The Texas Rangers asked Jaramillo to return for the 2010 season, but he declined their offer.
Jaramillo has drawn increasing praise since he became Texas’ hitting coach in 1995. Results indicate that the praise isn’t empty. Entering this season, Rangers hitters have accumulated 17 Silver Slugger Awards, four Most Valuable Player Awards, three home run titles and three RBI crowns during his tenure.
Sure, the Rangers’ ballpark is a hitters’ haven, and, yes, Jaramillo has had plenty of talent to work with. But Texas’ consistently potent offense suggests that he’s doing something right.
If the Giants decide to pursue Jaramillo, they’ll have plenty of competition. The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros, with whom Jaramillo served his first hitting-coach stint, are said to be interested in him.
I don’t usually call attention to my own stories, but if you read the Larry Jansen obituary the other day, were you able to keep a straight face when Gaylord Perry mentioned his “hard slider”?
— Chris Haft