In an effort to lighten the load on second-year Tribe hitting coach
"[It's a concept] coming into fashion and probably long overdue,"
Dividing duties between two hitting coaches is new to the
The World Series champion
A definitive overall plan to split the Tribe's hitting coach responsibilities has yet to be firmly established, but for now Quatraro is digging in to spend spring training getting to know the team's hitters, their swings, routines and preferences.
"We'll figure out more in the coming weeks about how I'm going to be involved with the video and how I'm going to be involved with the advanced reports and things like that," said Quatraro, 40, who landed his first major-league job. He spent 18 years in the
"Right now as the new guy, I'm simply setting the foundation with guys in the cages, getting to know them. Each day afterwards, I talk to Ty, so that we're on the same page. He does the same with me about the guys he has each day, so we're sharing information and it's a seamless process. With two batting cages in
"The nature of the hitting coach position has evolved,"
"But our hitting coach is asked to work with 13 or 14 hitters in addition to the demands of the other part of the job that deal with prep work."
Prep work aside, Quatraro doesn't see his new role becoming one in which certain batters prefer him over Van Burkleo or vice versa, similar to the concept of a personal catcher. The idea is not to divide and conquer, but to share duties and simply have another "set of eyes" so the coaches and players can bounce ideas off each other.
"I don't think they have to think the same way, although it does have to be one voice and one message," Francona said. "I think it's good sometimes to have a different set of eyes. I'm not saying Matt has a different philosophy, but if you do have different thoughts, that's not a bad thing."
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