Turner takes over as Charleston’s hitting coach


After promoting Greg Colbrunn to manager of Low-A Charleston last week, the Yankees filled his previous gig as the team’s hitting coach with Justin Turner. The 30-year-old Turner was the Angels’ eighth round pick in 2001, and retired in 2005 as a .237-.309-.370 career hitter. From what I can find, this is his first coaching job, though I suspect I’m wrong.

Coaching is something that is perpetually underappreciated in player development. Drafting and signing players is only one piece of the puzzle; you need to have the right people in place to help those kids learn and hone their skills. It’s funny how guys like Dave Eiland and Kevin Long can become very good coaches despite spotty track records as players.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. pete says:

    god i hate this time of year

  2. Tripp says:

    Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym.

  3. KeithK says:

    Guys who have incredible natural talent tend to be less able to teach because everything comes so naturally for them. Someone who has to struggle to succeed probably has to spend a lot more time understanding what is involved and thus makes a better teacher.

    Coaching is underappreciated because it’s so hard to measure.

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