First of all I don't know how this man Ty Van Burkleo, got a job in the major leagues especially as a hitting coach. He only batted .279 in the minors and played in very few games at the major leagues. One year he didn't even get a hit when he got called up to the majors and the second one he got 5 hits in 33 at bats for a .152 average. The next year 0-5 meaning he was 5-38 in his career for a average of .132 average in the major leagues. That is atrocious. He would be lucky to be able to be a high school hitting coach, but yet he finds himself making money in the majors. Can someone explain how he's in the major leagues as a hitting coach?
Just look at the A's hitters only 2 of them are even remotely dangerous and they both are more of contact to line drive hitters. Daric Barton, Jack Hannahan, Jack Cust, Donnie Murphy, to an extent Brooks Conrad, Mark Ellis, Emil Brown, etc..... All have struggled this year and their seems to be no adjustments made by any of thes players when hitting. Take for example, Jack Cust is our only hitter with over 10 homeruns this year he has 18 and he strikes out and takes walks. Cust has power to all fields and should be able to become a good hitter to left field, but Ty Van Burkleo and Bob Geren do not want to change his approach at the plate. Yet, he continues to struggle hitting the ball and strikes out a ton, he gets pitches to hit but he just watches them or over swings at it or fouls the ball off. Cust gets a lot of pitches to hit, but he swings and misses way too much at them.
Mark Ellis who had a great year last year while batting .276 with 19 homers and 76 rbi's, has floundered greatly this year. It seems to me that he just isn't squaring the ball up especially at home, Ellis does well on the road. He takes too many good pitches and when he gets to two strikes he forgets about trying to hit the ball to the opposite field and ends up either popping it up, fouling out, or striking out. Ellis should be up around .265 right now not .231.
Daric Barton was our great prospect who showed early on last year when he got called up from Triple A that he had a great eye at the plate and that he could hit to all fields. Yet, once Van Burkleo got to him it's just been a slow steady painful decent into mediocrity. He's batting .223 and he should be a .300 hitter at least that, but he continues to try to pull the ball instead of doing what got him to the big leagues and that is spraying the ball to all fields.
I could go on about the rest of the Oakland hitters and what Ty Van Burkleo has done to them, but it would sound the same. A career .132 in the major leagues has no business being a hitting coach. He needs to be fired and the A's need to hire a hitting coach that can actually teach these players how to hit since we have a lot of young talent on the roster. The A's offense has been in steady decline since 2000 and I blame this on Billy Beane the GM of the A's for caring too much about getting young pitchers for talented players then to get talented offensive players who can actually hit.