As a Dodger fan who thought that Andrew Jones was done, I had to find out more about the man who helped him get his swing back. He is not back to the Andrew Jones who hit 51 home runs and had a 128 RBI in 2005, but he's not the .158 three home run guy who was with the Dodgers last year.
So who is this hitting guru? His name is Rudy Jaramillo and he is the hitting coach from the Texas Rangers. The Rangers hired Jaramillo in 1994. Jaramillo has the longest tenure with one team as a hitting coach in Major League baseball.
Jaramillo played Minor League baseball from 1973 to 1976 for the Texas Ranger Organization. He never made it to the Majors.
He started his Minor League coaching career in 1983. Jaramillo then became a minor league roving hitting instructor and worked in that capacity through the 1989 season. He was the Huston Astros hitting coach from 1990 to 1993. In 1994 he was the manager of the Bend Rockies.
In 1995 the Texas Rangers named Jaramillo as thier hitting coach. During his time with Texas, his hitters have won 16 Silver Slugger Awards, four MVP Awards, three home run titles, two RBI championships and a batting title. Baseball America in 2005, named Rudy Jaramillo Major League Coach of the Year. In 2005, the Rangers came within four homers of the all-time team record for a season.
Jaramillo has worked with players such as Jeff Bagwell, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, Gary Matthews Jr, and Rod Barajas.
Jaramillo has developed five keys to help hitters. Rhythm; see the ball; separate your hands; stay square; shift weight.
Jaramillo five keys are working with Jones. Jones is hitting .233 with 34 RBI and 14 home runs so far this season. It kinda stings as a Dodger fan, but I do have a lot of respect for Jaramillo and what he has accomplished with Jones.