The Dodgers have reportedly found their new hitting coach and they didn’t have to look further than their own National League West division. Former Arizona hitting analyst Robert Van Scoyoc will reportedly step out of the office and data room and into the dugout to take over the reins from Turner Ward. The Dodgers should also soon be announcing their entire coaching staff for 2019 with Dino Ebel taking over as third base coach. The hirings have not been made official yet, but expectations are the club will announce it soon.
Scoyoc is supposed to be a launch angle and hitting expert. He’s also served in some hitting consultant capacity previously in the Dodger front office. Most recently he’s been credited with changing J.D. Martinez’s swing. Martinez recently won a World Series with Boston, after having a career year at the plate. After all Martinez did hit .330 with 43 home runs and drove in 130 runs in 2018 which helped lead Boston to the World Series against the Dodgers.
I don’t know if Van Scoyoc had any input in Martinez becoming one of the best hitters in baseball over the past few seasons but we can’t ignore how Martinez went from sucking with the Astros early on in his career to becoming the beast of the American League in Boston. Perhaps Van Scoyoc had something to do with it. Check out this interesting piece and podcast from Rob Bradford.
Either way Van Scoyoc could be instrumental in making the Dodgers even more infuriatingly swing and miss in 2019. If you think the Dodgers were all or nothing in 2018, just wait until next year folks. But man oh man what a name on this guy. I have no idea how to spell or pronounce it. Welcome back to the Dodgers Robert!