Rudy Jaramillo is unemployed! Bring him to Oakland, Billy!
Rudy Jaramillo, the long-time hitting coach for Ron Washington's Texas Rangers, has parted ways with the organization after rejecting a one-year contract offer. This story was repoted at espn.com, and hopefully this link will work...Anyway, he has hepled make good hitters great in Arlington for a long time. Perhaps he could make our mediocre hitters a little better in Oakland. We couldn't expect the kind of results produced by the Texas offense for the last 15 years, because we wouldn't be providing Jaramillo with as much talent to work with, but any improvement at all would be more than the team has displayed under Jim Skaalen. It's just too bad that it was just announced that Skaalen will be back next season...it's the GM's prerogative to change his mind, though, given the availability of an obviously better candidate. Who wouldn't love to see Carter, Wallace, Cardenas, and Donaldson resemble Texeira, Kinsler, Pudge, and Juan Gone in terms of production?
Hire this man, Billy! Bring him to Oakland!