A couple of years ago we had never heard of the concept of assistant hitting coaches. Now they’re everywhere. Matt Quatraro is now the Indians’ guy, the team announced today.
Quatraro was the Tampa Bay Rays Minor League Hitting Coordinator of the last four seasons. He also managed in the Rays system over four seasons from 2006-09. He played in the Rays minor league system too. Indeed, he was the then-Devil Rays’ 8th round selection in the 1996 draft before topping out at Triple-A Durham in 2002. There’s no one more Rays-ful than Quatraro, I bet.
But now he’s in Cleveland.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.