I really don't agree with McCraw - how does a career .246 hitter get a job as a hitting coach?
Wilkerson: How is he going backwards? Aside from the obvious drop in HR this year from last year's spike, his numbers are well within his career averages. What unmade adjustments is McCraw talking about? He has never been a contact hitter or had a great eye. The media and team really hyped him up after the hot April inlcuding the game 2 cycle. But even while batting .323 in April, he still had 27 SO in 24 games. I still like him though, team just needs to realize he is a number 6 or 7 hitter, no more.
Guzman: He has looked so utterly clueless 95% of the time in the field and at the plate, I think we need to ask if he has some personal off the field problems. I recall a few players having terrible years where divorce or family illnesses were later disclosed. The story came out recently that the team asked him to change his hitting approach all year and recently rescinded the request. I have not noticed him hitting in a different style lately, just having (occasionally) more success.
Castilla: I do not understand why everyone is so surprised at Vinnie's performance this year. He is on pace for the same type of year he had in 01-03, with the typical decline you expect from a guy who just turned 38. Throw out 04 with the Rockies. If Bowden thought he was getting the 04 Castilla he deserves to be canned for that alone.
3 seasons 01-04 with Houston, Tampa, Atlanta
average season 20 HR 76RBI .256BA
The disparity with his Coors field years including last year is striking.
6 seasons 95-99,04 with Colorado,
average season 38 HR 112 RBI .296BA