Rudy Jaramillo must be wondering what took the Cubs so long to fire him?
He’s not a Theo guy. He doesn’t teach the ‘grind it out’ plate mentality the Cubs are looking for, and he gets paid a ton of money to fix the unfixable Cubs lineup.
Besides, who wouldn’t want out of this mess trying to make respectable hitters out of Tony Campana, Joe Mather, Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart, Marlon Byrd and a gimpy Alfonso Soriano?
After two and half seasons spent with three different managers and the highest paycheck of any big league batting coach, what more could Jaramillo want than to be given his release and the opportunity to coach elsewhere?
His 18-years of highly acclaimed big league hitting instruction wasn’t about to fool him into believing he could help this pathetic Cubs offense any more than he already has.
Some team, some where, with true major league talent could use a guy like Jaramillo, and now he’s free to join them. What a relief that must be.
That’s not to say Rudy didn’t work his butt off trying on the North Side. But what more could one expect from a guy working with the putrid hitting talent on this 2012 roster?
Not to mention, the stubbornness of past players with talent such as Aramis & D-Lee who took months to accept Jaramillo as a help and not a hindrance.
Jaramillo’s a batting coach, not a miracle worker; and the Cubs truly need the later more than the former.
May 27 post: Energy hogs growing this big, this fast, don’t come without casualties. It could mean the end for hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, Ryan Dempster asking to be traded, or any number of scenarios that don’t end well for the men wearing Cubbie Blue.
But canning a highly respected coach like Jaramillo is just the latest sobering reminder of how far this rebuilding plan still needs to grow.
The Cubs have only begun laying a foundation for what we hope are the pillars of the organization in soon-to-be callups Anthony Rizzo & Brett Jackson, among others.
However, these guys are hardly lifesavers for a team destined for 100-losses, or a magic potion for interim hitting instructor James Rowson, who’s now burdened with changing the club’s entire hitting culture.
Culture changes are never easy, let alone, ones that needs a complete turn-around. Perhaps if Rowson is judged solely on the team’s plate approaches, and not by the numbers, he’ll have a fighting chance to retain the position.
Jaramillo, on the other hand, will make hay elsewhere. I couldn’t be happier for him, or the next guy (Dempster), to be saved from the Cubs sinking ship.
When you’ve earn the respect of your peers at the highest level as both a good guy, and a good talent, you deserve a good team.
I say, good for Rudy Jaramillo.