What is the Yankees’ new hitting coach talking about?
It’s bad enough that the front-facing members of the New York Yankees are largely devoid of personality and provide us with little-to-no insight before, during and after games. But do we really have to experience the same with the organization’s tertiary members?
This offseason, the Yankees dismissed hitting coach Marcus Thames after his contract expired and promoted Dillon Lawson and Casey Dykes from the minor league ranks to take over as hitting coach and assistant hitting coach. Eric Chavez was then brought on to be another assistant hitting coach before he left for a promotion with the New York Mets. That was great, and totally not embarrassing.
Do we need three hitting coaches? Do we even really need the hitting coaches being gassed up by manager Aaron Boone or talking to the media themselves? In a normal world, yes, that would be great. But if you’re the Yankees, it just always turns out to be a disaster, so they really need to stop doing this.
Lawson appeared in front of the media on Wednesday to explain his philosophy that was implemented throughout the minor leagues in recent years, and all we wish is that it didn’t turn out the way it did.
By no means are we discrediting this man’s ability to preach a successful hitting approach, but he certainly could’ve described it better during his first public showing for the fans? No?
See for yourself and formulate your own opinion, but we’ll bet you’re certainly not enthralled whatsoever.
Yankees hitting coach Dillon Lawson said a whole lot of nothing in his first interview.
“Hey Dillon! Great to meet you. Care to tell us more about the “hit strikes hard” motto?”
“Sure! Well, it starts with hitting strikes. And hard. Then you have to think about how important it is to hit strikes. And that helps us make more contact. And the key is making hard contact. We’d like to get it out of the infield. Sometimes, we’d like to get it over the fence. So that’s pretty much where we land with this whole approach.”
In summation, Lawson wants the Yankees to hit strikes, which will improve their contact, and hopefully their hard contact … which will hopefully produce runs. Great. If Brian Cashman hired a hot dog vendor to become the hitting coach of the Yankees, we’re sure that’d be close to what he would say in his inaugural interview, too.
On a brighter note, perhaps Lawson is opting not to divulge any secrets in his new role as he looks to pick up the pieces left from the disastrous 2020 and 2021 campaigns. After all, the man oversaw one of the most prolific minor league offenses (from Low-A to Triple-A) in all of baseball last year. We’d bet he has a few tricks up his sleeve and other detailed explanations that help players successfully handle facing a 100 MPH fastball followed by an 86 MPH curveball.
We know his ways are much more nuanced than what he voiced on Wednesday … because we’ve already learned about them! In depth! Over a month ago! We just really wish we weren’t baffled after the most pedestrian of interviews, that’s all.