“Don Mattingly’s Hitting Is Simple: The ABC’s of Batting .300” is slated to be released in 12 days.
There’s no word on whether or not the sequel to this release will be a book on tips towards being a wonderful bench coach.
Now, I love Donnie as much as the next Yankeeland zealot. And, I will not deny that Mattingly knows more about hitting a baseball than many, many, people. However, I don’t see myself running out to get his new book.
To be a batting coach who gets my attention, you need to have a serious pelt on your belt – like Charlie Lau had George Brett and Rudy Jaramillo has Gary Matthews Jr.
Show me where you actually made someone into a great hitter and then I’ll want to hear what you are selling.
There’s no fighting the fact that Mattingly knows hitting mechanics and works hard on studying pitchers, etc. – he’s proven that. But, you can say that about most batting coaches in the bigs too. Therefore, I see no reason to be overly jazzed about this book release than I would be if, say, Steve Henderson had a book on hitting coming out as well.