Kevin Seitzer, left, with the Kansas City Royals in 2012. (The Canadian Press)DUNEDIN, Fla. – According to Kevin Seitzer, with a few minor adjustments, and some luck, the Toronto Blue Jays can meet 2013’s world championship expectations in 2014. The new Blue Jays hitting coach has been tasked with turning an above average hitting team into a great one, along with helping erase the disappointment of last season.
Even during 2013’s disastrous last-place finish, the Blue Jays were among the best offensive teams in the majors. They were in the Top 10 in runs scored and total bases, and fourth in home runs. But they were 14th in hits, and 15th in both average and on-base percentage. That’s one area Seitzer would like to see improvement.
“They were a little bit too much home run happy [last season] and we needed to be able to make some adjustments,” Seitzer said of the Blue Jays’ reliance on the long ball. In order to compete in 2014, Toronto needs to manufacture extra runs without just home runs.
While Seitzer may not be a household name, he knows a thing or two about hitting.
Seitzer was a two-time All Star over a 12-year playing career. In 1987 with the Kansas City Royals, he was an All Star and finished second in rookie-of-the-year voting to Mark McGwire. That season he hit .323/.399/.470 and led the American League in hits with 207. He was an All Star again in 1995 with the Milwaukee Brewers after hitting .311/.395/.421 and finished his career in 1997 as a career .295 hitter.Read More »from New hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has high hopes for Blue Jays’ offence