Good morning, baseball fans!
The San Francisco Giants won 107 games this season, which is incredibly impressive! There are pros and cons to that kind of success, though. The pros are that it is very fun to watch and you get a shot at the playoffs (even if you have to scratch and claw your way to the top of the division). The cons: other teams are going to try to copy your success, and one of the ways they do so is by hiring your staff.
The Texas Rangers have done just that, hiring co-hitting coach Donnie Ecker to be their new bench coach and offensive coordinator.
Losing Ecker is a huge blow to the Giants, who have seen their offensive numbers take a sharp rise over the last couple of seasons that Ecker was with the organization. But it was not an unexpected one. It comes with the territory. Gabe Kapler was quoted by Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area earlier this year saying:
“Any time teams have success and coaches do really good work, others around the game notice, and I think that’s a good thing. I think it’s a good thing for our staff and the game.”
The Giants will miss their home grown hitting coach, but Kapler has built a coaching system that allows people to grow and expand their careers, especially after the large spotlight that was the 2021 season, while still maintaining its core principles.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
A question about a hypothetical Giants/Dodgers NLCS (October 22nd, 2016 - Grant Brisbee)
How many days until pitchers and catchers report?
Giants pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in 107 days