Cubs Fire Hitting Coach, Should The Braves Follow?

Allen LoppCorrespondent IJune 14, 2009

KISSIMMEE, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Terry Pendleton poses for a portrait during the Atlanta Braves Photo Day on February 22, 2007 at The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Cubs fired their hitting coach Gerald Perry and will promote Triple-A Iowa hitting coach Von Joshua.

The Cubs were ranked 13th in the National League in hitting with a .246 average and 14th in the league in runs scored, well below expectations.

Joshua is in his fourth year at Iowa, and has been a hitting coach since 1984.

This needed to be done if they were going to compete in the National League Central.

Coming into the year the Cubs were picked to win the NL Central by almost everybody, including myself.

If the hitting can pick up then it is reasonable that the Cubs can retake the top spot in the NL Central.

Another team that could use a new hitting coach is the Atlanta Braves.

Terry Pendleton is the reigning hitting coach for the Braves and is a fan favorite.

He was one of the best third basemen the Braves ever had, winning the National League Most Valuable Player in 1991 his first year as a Brave.

The Braves are primed to compete in the National League East with the off-season acquisitions of Javier Vazquez, Derek Lowe, Kawakami and the upbringing of Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens.

The Braves have the pitching to win, but the hitting is questionable.

You never know what your going to get day to day.

The Braves are ninth in the National League hitting .257, 9th in On-base percentage .331, and 12th is runs scored with 261.

This needs to change also if they are going to win the East which is also a reasonable goal considering they are only 5.5 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies, and I know it is early but they are only three games back of the San Francisco Giants who lead the National League Wild Card.

If the Braves' team bats catch fire this can be a very dangerous team.