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Cubs Hire Rob Deer as Assistant Hitting Coach

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Cubs Hire Rob Deer as Assistant Hitting Coach

Postby David » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:03 pm

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#Cubs hire Rob Deer as assistant hitting coach: http://cmcst.sn/aabpdf #CubsTalk (@CSNMooney)

Deer will work closely with hitting coach James Rowson - who replaced Rudy Jaramillo in the middle of last season and earned the job full-time - as well as manager Dale Sveum.

Sveum, a former hitting coach and Deer's teammate with the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1980s, has strong opinions about what the Cubs should be doing at the plate.

Deer hit .220 with 230 home runs and 1,409 strikeouts during his 11-year major-league career. Deer has worked as a hitting coordinator for the San Diego Padres organization.
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Re: Cubs Hire Rob Deer as Assistant Hitting Coach

Postby Cubswin11 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:07 pm

David wrote:Comcast SportsNet ‏@CSNChicago
#Cubs hire Rob Deer as assistant hitting coach: http://cmcst.sn/aabpdf #CubsTalk (@CSNMooney)

Deer will work closely with hitting coach James Rowson - who replaced Rudy Jaramillo in the middle of last season and earned the job full-time - as well as manager Dale Sveum.

Sveum, a former hitting coach and Deer's teammate with the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1980s, has strong opinions about what the Cubs should be doing at the plate.
Deer hit .220 with 230 home runs and 1,409 strikeouts during his 11-year major-league career. Deer has worked as a hitting coordinator for the San Diego Padres organization.

And what might those opinions be? Nice reporting, Mooney :good:
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Re: Cubs Hire Rob Deer as Assistant Hitting Coach

Postby Backtobanks » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:13 pm

Cubswin11 wrote:
David wrote:Comcast SportsNet ‏@CSNChicago
#Cubs hire Rob Deer as assistant hitting coach: http://cmcst.sn/aabpdf #CubsTalk (@CSNMooney)

Deer will work closely with hitting coach James Rowson - who replaced Rudy Jaramillo in the middle of last season and earned the job full-time - as well as manager Dale Sveum.

Sveum, a former hitting coach and Deer's teammate with the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1980s, has strong opinions about what the Cubs should be doing at the plate.
Deer hit .220 with 230 home runs and 1,409 strikeouts during his 11-year major-league career. Deer has worked as a hitting coordinator for the San Diego Padres organization.

And what might those opinions be? Nice reporting, Mooney :good:



Just the person we need to help Jackson and Vitters cut down their strikeouts.

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Re: Cubs Hire Rob Deer as Assistant Hitting Coach

Postby David » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:14 pm

From Bleacher Nation

Rob Deer was Adam Dunn before Adam Dunn was Adam Dunn – he was the classic three outcome hitter: he struck out, he walked, or he homered. A career .220 hitter, Deer made his bones with a .324 career OBP and a .442 SLG. That’s an incredible .114 IsoD (12.7% career walk rate!) and an excellent .222 IsoP, the kinds of things you’d love to see your hitters incorporate into their game. More patience, more power. More runs.

So, Deer was Dunn before Dunn, and he was a sabermetric darling before such a thing was even remotely mainstream.

Deer has worked as a hitting instructor around baseball for a while now in his post-playing career, and has also been developing his proprietary “Vizubat,” a device designed to help hitters.

I like not only Deer’s background, as a different kind of hitter (diversity is often good), but I like that the Cubs are bringing yet another voice/mind into the equation at the plate. Lord knows they can use all the help they can get, and if Deer and Sveum already have a quality history of working well together, this could be a nice mix for the Cubs.


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Re: Cubs Hire Rob Deer as Assistant Hitting Coach

Postby jersey cubs fan » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:14 pm

At what point do we start dealing with the laws of diminishing returns with all these assistants and multi-layered front office? Isn't there concerns about too many voices being a distraction and the whole too many cooks issue?

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Postby mul21 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:56 pm

jersey cubs fan wrote:At what point do we start dealing with the laws of diminishing returns with all these assistants and multi-layered front office? Isn't there concerns about too many voices being a distraction and the whole too many cooks issue?


I really don't think that should be an issue. The whole "Cubs Way" manual that is being/has been created should have everybody preaching exactly the same thing top to bottom. I think having more guys just allows more individual attention for each player and time to work on things. Plus, another set of eyes to spot potential problems with mechanics can't be a bad thing.
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Postby ctcf » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:58 pm

jersey cubs fan wrote:At what point do we start dealing with the laws of diminishing returns with all these assistants and multi-layered front office? Isn't there concerns about too many voices being a distraction and the whole too many cooks issue?


Considering the Cubs used to have one of the smallest front offices by a good margin, I'm going to say not anytime soon.
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Postby toonsterwu » Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:08 am

This is funny because of the type of hitter Deer was, but I really don't know much about him as a coach. Perhaps having such flaws allows him to be a good coach.

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Postby Pushfrog98 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:21 am

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jersey cubs fan wrote:At what point do we start dealing with the laws of diminishing returns with all these assistants and multi-layered front office? Isn't there concerns about too many voices being a distraction and the whole too many cooks issue?


I really don't think that should be an issue. The whole "Cubs Way" manual that is being/has been created should have everybody preaching exactly the same thing top to bottom. I think having more guys just allows more individual attention for each player and time to work on things. Plus, another set of eyes to spot potential problems with mechanics can't be a bad thing.

Christians have (for the most part) the same manual, but that doesn't stop us from being hypocritical, arrogant, and (often times) wrong...

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Postby David » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:26 am

toonsterwu wrote:This is funny because of the type of hitter Deer was, but I really don't know much about him as a coach. Perhaps having such flaws allows him to be a good coach.


He had the approach down.
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Re: Cubs Hire Rob Deer as Assistant Hitting Coach

Postby ConstableRabbit » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:53 am

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mul21 wrote:
jersey cubs fan wrote:At what point do we start dealing with the laws of diminishing returns with all these assistants and multi-layered front office? Isn't there concerns about too many voices being a distraction and the whole too many cooks issue?


I really don't think that should be an issue. The whole "Cubs Way" manual that is being/has been created should have everybody preaching exactly the same thing top to bottom. I think having more guys just allows more individual attention for each player and time to work on things. Plus, another set of eyes to spot potential problems with mechanics can't be a bad thing.

Christians have (for the most part) the same manual, but that doesn't stop us from being hypocritical, arrogant, and (often times) wrong...

The manual argument wasn't great, but your religion analogy is just plain terrible. There aren't 2B people in the team's front office and Christians can't be "fired" for incorrectly following their manual.
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Re: Cubs Hire Rob Deer as Assistant Hitting Coach

Postby Pushfrog98 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:25 pm

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Pushfrog98 wrote:
mul21 wrote:
jersey cubs fan wrote:At what point do we start dealing with the laws of diminishing returns with all these assistants and multi-layered front office? Isn't there concerns about too many voices being a distraction and the whole too many cooks issue?


I really don't think that should be an issue. The whole "Cubs Way" manual that is being/has been created should have everybody preaching exactly the same thing top to bottom. I think having more guys just allows more individual attention for each player and time to work on things. Plus, another set of eyes to spot potential problems with mechanics can't be a bad thing.

Christians have (for the most part) the same manual, but that doesn't stop us from being hypocritical, arrogant, and (often times) wrong...

The manual argument wasn't great, but your religion analogy is just plain terrible. There aren't 2B people in the team's front office and Christians can't be "fired" for incorrectly following their manual.

My point is that people can and will read the exact same text and get a different meaning out of it.

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Postby Hawk4Hall » Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:31 pm

I'm hearing that the Cubs are looking into Jeff Suppan as special assistant to the pitching coach. :hello:
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Postby Old Style » Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:59 pm

MOAR HITTING COACHES IS THE ANSWER!!!
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Postby Hairyducked Idiot » Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:02 pm

You need a lot of coaches. Think of them like faculty in a college.

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Postby Fred Hornkohl » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:21 pm

For those who haven't been around long enough to remember....... the CUBS have already tried the College of Coaches thing. It didn't work.

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Postby Rob » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:42 pm

Fred Hornkohl wrote:For those who haven't been around long enough to remember....... the CUBS have already tried the College of Coaches thing. It didn't work.


Don't you think part of the reason that was unsuccessful was that each and every coach did things differently?

Jed worked with Deer in San Diego, I believe. I would imagine that the same philosophy will be espoused by Deer that is being espoused by the rest of the staff. It's just a way for more of our players to get one-on-one time.

It's a good thing.

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Postby Fred Hornkohl » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:32 pm

Rob wrote:
Fred Hornkohl wrote:For those who haven't been around long enough to remember....... the CUBS have already tried the College of Coaches thing. It didn't work.


Don't you think part of the reason that was unsuccessful was that each and every coach did things differently?


No, not even marginally so. The College of Coaches, all brought up from within the organization and familiar with all the young talent on the team at the time, were all doing exactly the same thing. That is, trying to promote themselves while backstabbing all the other coaches in an attempt to become THE manager by winning the favor of an uncaring, absentee owner who wasn't even paying attention anyway. The only reason Wrigley came up with this cockamamey scheme in the first place was because he was too damned cheap to give Lou Boudreau a 2 year contract. Boudreau spent the next 25 years in the booth and the team spent the next 25 years, except for the brief tenure of Leo Durocher, in the toilet.

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Postby Sammy Sofa » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:49 pm

Which is moot, since the CoC was a ridiculous idea to work in place of having a manager, which isn't what's happening here at all.
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Postby 17 Seconds » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:44 pm

haha, people are getting mad about this

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Postby Pushfrog98 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:19 am

Nuts&Gum wrote:Which is moot, since the CoC was a ridiculous idea to work in place of having a manager, which isn't what's happening here at all.

I think you mean "moo point".

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Re: Cubs Hire Rob Deer as Assistant Hitting Coach

Postby David » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:29 am

Pushfrog98 wrote:
Nuts&Gum wrote:Which is moot, since the CoC was a ridiculous idea to work in place of having a manager, which isn't what's happening here at all.

I think you mean "moo point".


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Postby David » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:30 am

That is the only Friend's reference I will ever participate in making.
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Re: Cubs Hire Rob Deer as Assistant Hitting Coach

Postby Soul » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:43 am

It's been a couple days, and I'm still not getting how attaching a ball to the bat makes you hit better.
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Re: Cubs Hire Rob Deer as Assistant Hitting Coach

Postby Pushfrog98 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:52 am

Soul wrote:It's been a couple days, and I'm still not getting how attaching a ball to the bat makes you hit better.

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