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  1. “And one assumes Billy Beane will instruct his coaching staff not to try to change who Young is.”

    Jack Cust, Daric Barton, Chris Carter & Josh Donaldson would love to have a word with you…

    However, that’s a split between bad and good, old and new. The good and new is Donaldson’s second half, Brandon Moss and Chris Carter. I’m saying with the trend upwards in how incredible the coaching staff has handled these struggling guys “figure it out”, that if they do indeed take a crack at Young instead of “not changing who he is”, they could really unleash a beast.

    Comment by PL — November 6, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

  2. Enjoyable article!

    Comment by Brian W. — November 6, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

  3. FWIW A’s were 2nd in MLB in Hits Pulled according to Fangraphs, although they were in the middle of the pack by Total Balls Pulled.They were also 3rd in HR pulled and 28th in Opposite Field HR. The A’s hitting coaches apparently want you to pull the ball whenever you can and swing really hard when doing so.. This seems to be a new approach in 2012. In 2011 the A’s were 22nd in Pulled HR and 25th in Hits Pulled.

    Comment by Ivan Grushenko — November 6, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

  4. it’s all chris carter

    Comment by wily mo — November 7, 2012 @ 2:38 am

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    Comment by Steve — November 7, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  6. Chili Davis has been the A’s hitting coach for one season. I suspect the change in approach came from him and the talent he’s working with.

    Comment by dustin — November 7, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

  7. jeff, shouldn’t it be easy to get OF chris young out pitching him away? Does he in fact see a higher % of pitches to the outer part of the plate?

    Comment by brendan — November 7, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

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