Chad Mottola, the Triple-A hitting coach who's around for September, and current big league hitting coach Dwayne Murphy may be able to complement each other if they were both on staff. The possibility came up during Spring Training, but there's a lot that goes into the decision. There's a limit on how many uniformed coaches can be in the dugout, although a petition to the league may be possible. And there's the matter of making sure everyone's on the same page when two voices are in play.
The latter issue helped doom the Red Sox's attempt to have two pitching coaches this season, but manager John Farrell thinks the team would be fine.
"We talk about it internally, we talked about how the structure would work, the fact -- if this were to play it out -- that the people involved have a rapport," Farrell said. "They have a relationship already from the Major League to the Triple-A staff, Spring Training involvement and the familiarity with one another. That's paramount, because the message can't be conflicting, and yet everybody has individual strengths."
Farrell made clear that the possibility of adding Motolla should not be misconstrued as criticism of Murphy. The goal is to have a second set of eyes for the workload. The Cardinals have a similar setup.
"You've got 13 position players normally for one guy, and granted there's a lot of cross conversation with other coaches, myself, things that were seeing with Murph about individual players," Farrell said. "And yet that job is never done, because while two or three guys may be going well, there's two or three others that are probably not going well. That's just how things flow as we've seen. By comparison on the pitching side, you've got the bullpen coach and the pitching coach you can work in tandem.
"Certain guys will hear the same message as described by two different people, and it may click because the way one person says it toward the other," Farrell said. "This isn't to be pointing the finger at anyone saying they're not doing well, it's how do you provide the best resources for players to be consistent?"